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Tisdale proud of young Grecians

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale is proud his home-grown team have got back on track with a 3-2 victory at Accrington.

City had slipped down the table after a run of seven League Two games without a win.

Remarkably, they secured the win over Stanley with five academy players in the starting line up and another two on the bench.

"It's great and they are there through merit," said Tisdale. "They have earned their place in the side and it shows we are developing players, which is good for the club.

"It was terrific to get back to winning ways but we did not make it easy. However we have got the three points and that's the important thing."

Exeter raced into a 3-0 lead inside 24 minutes through Tom Nichols' double and another goals from Alan Gow.

But Stanley got back in the game with efforts from Peter Murphy and Kal Naismith either side of half-time to put the pressure on Exeter, who then saw Gow miss a 55th-minute penalty.

Tisdale continued: "We are a young team and this would have been a great experience for them. They will have learnt a lot from this.

"We had a rotten November and we needed a win and it was tremendous to go 3-0 up. But then they got two goals back and it could have finished 3-3 - it could have gone either way.

"If they had come back to 3-3 it would have taken the confidence out of us, but this was a massive lift."