TIS­DALE FINDS PER­FECT PAIR

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RE­SULTS -

PAUL TIS­DALE be­lieves he has the per­fect bal­ance of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence at the heart of his Ex­eter City mid­field – de­spite al­most 20 years sep­a­rat­ing Matt Oak­ley and Matt Grimes.

Grimes, 18, made his de­but last week against AFC Wim­ble­don af­ter pro­gress­ing through the club’s academy while the vastly ex­pe­ri­enced Oak­ley, 36, was re­turn­ing af­ter six months out through in­jury.

Tis­dale be­lieves he could have un­earthed a gem in Grimes and that Oak­ley is back to his best.

“It was an ex­cep­tional per­for­mance from both of them,” he said. “They were a rev­e­la­tion play­ing to­gether for the first time.

“Matt was unbelievable in his first 90 min­utes for six months. They played re­ally well to­gether and they re­ally made it hap­pen.”

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