Tisdale's home truths help Exeter City regain form away from St James'
"It's a mad, mad game," said Paul Tisdale following Exeter City's 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers yesterday.
The City manager had just seen his side bounce back from a disappointing festive period in which the Grecians collected one point from back-to-back home games against Oxford United and Barnet.
Yet, away from home, the Grecians are a different proposition, with the win at Adams Park their eighth of the campaign already.
They did it the hard way as well, with Jamie Cureton sent off five minutes before half-time. Kortney Hause's own goal seven minutes from full-time sealed a first win for Exeter at Adams Park.
"It was a fantastic performance after the huge disappointment of conceding eight minutes into stoppage time on Saturday," Tisdale said. "Today, we feel great again because it was a great win for us and a top performance.
"It is the first win I have ever had here as a manager and to do it with ten men for an hour-plus was great.
"I didn't see it [the red card] as clearly as I would like to have done, but I believe Jamie kicked out at him and, if he did, then it is a red card and I can't complain about it.
"If the officials have seen him do that, then it was the correct decision.
"I was happier with the second half than the first half. They exerted their game-plan on ours in the first half and put pressure on us and, when they do that, you have to be very good to break them down.
"I don't think we were quite clued enough in the first half and they had a very strong foothold in the game, albeit they didn't create many chances. But I felt it was the more dominant game-plan.
"After the sending off, the responsibility was on them to do the running and try things and our game-plan was to control the game with where we stood and, when you have a game-plan like that, it is very hard, but very simple.
"We had nine players who knew exactly what they were doing when we broke, when we recovered, when we lost it, how we lost it and we spoke about four or five issues at half-time which related to where we stood and how we moved together as a group as opposed to how and where we passed it.
"It became a lot simpler, albeit harder, but the players' thoughts were of staying close to each other and working hard for their team-mates."
Tisdale called his players in to watch some of the Barnet game an hour after the full-time whistle last Saturday, and he felt that had benefited them following the win at Adams Park.
"I think we defended the box very well and we got to the ball quicker," Tisdale said. "When you look at the mistakes we made in the last ten minutes on Saturday, we got too deep and didn't press the ball.
"We had a different mindset today and the goal came off some great pressure by Craig Woodman on their right-back."