Victory against Bradford was one of season's best
MANAGER Paul Tisdale hailed Exeter City's away victory at Bradford City as 'one of the best this season'.
The Grecians boss was delighted with his side's first half performance, which saw them create numerous chances and take a single-goal lead into the interval courtesy of a volley from Jamie Cureton.
However, Tisdale was equally pleased with a gritty defensive display in the second half, which saw City deal with a lot of pressure from the home side.
Tisdale said: "We combined some very good football and some very, very tough defending, so it was a very good balanced team performance. It was the whole package really, it was a very good 1-0 away win."
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Tisdale took the opportunity to name an unchanged side for the second match in a row, partnering Cureton and John O'Flynn up front, with Alan Gow just behind.
And it did the trick as Gow managed to pick up ball up in space countless times during the first half and was at the heart of City's attacking play. Danny Coles headed a Gow free-kick wide early on, before Cureton benefited from one of the Scot's runs forward to hit a shot that was blocked by a Bradford defender.
Moments later Gow provided Cureton with another sight at goal, but this time City's top scorer curled a shot against the far post.
John O'Flynn then flashed a shot wide, from another Gow assist before Scot Bennett volleyed a chance over the crossbar when well placed.
City were to get their reward a minute before half-time though as Craig Woodman crossed from deep. Matt Oakley did superbly to cushion the ball back to Cureton and he finished with an volley into the far corner.
The assist from Oakley, won the former Liecester City midfielder praise from his manager.
"Matt has done that on more than one occasion this year," said Tisdale. "In the box, there a lot of players who would panic and go for goal and take a swipe at it. Matt is not one of those players.
"Matt has provided numerous assists in and around the six-yard box, like he did on Saturday. He has a lot of composure."
Bradford came out more determined after the break, brining on Alan Connell to offer more firepower up front.
Connell was first to go close as his deft chip sailed just wide of the visitors' upright.
City were not without their chances in the second half though, as both Gow and Cureton tested Matt Duke with efforts on goal.
The best chance of the second half fell to the home side's Gary Thompson. However, with five minutes to go and 12 yards from goal, he wasn't able to show the same composure of Oakley and sliced his effort wide.