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Tisdale pleased by final flourish

Paul Tisdale paid tribute to his young squad after Exeter ended their season on a high by winning 2-1 at Hartlepool.

The Grecians made their longest trip of the season, but earned an eighth away win of the campaign - the same number as two of the teams in the play-offs.

With their safety only confirmed in the previous game, Tisdale's side played with some freedom and mobility to see off the out-of-sorts home side.

The Grecians jumped over Pools in the Sky Bet League Two standings with victory, achieved with first-half goals from Jimmy Keohane and David Wheeler.

"We played to the script, we played relaxed and scored two really good goals," said Tisdale. "Jordan Tillson came in at centre-half for his debut and I've not seen too many better debuts.

"He conceded a penalty but that was the only blot on his card, to be honest. He didn't let it affect his performance; you have to say he was exceptional.

"David Wheeler played up front alone and it suited him. It's given me something to consider, but it's good to have players available who can play in more than one position and, if we play the shape like we did, could he play there? He did extremely well.

"Jimmy Keohane started in his preferred position, but had to drop deeper when Liam Sercombe was injured and had to go off."

But Tisdale also admitted: "I'm not going to get too carried away; this was a game for players to be relaxed and play with freedom, which is something you can't normally do.

"I've just told them in the dressing room the same. Jimmy scored a wonderful goal, he's got two in two, maybe going forward he can add to that.

"Matt Gill dug in there and you couldn't get two more extreme midfield assists. One was from a strong tackle to win possession for the team, the other from a good interchange of passes and long pass over the top. Matt had an extremely good game and I'm pleased for him.

"It's nice to end the season on a high, it's certainly better than losing and finishing on a flat note."

Instead it was Pools who ended on a flat note. Their only chance to get something came with a Jack Compton penalty but that was saved in the 45th minute.