Exeter manager Paul Tisdale felt his side deserved to take all three points from their entertaining 2-2 draw with Fleetwood after showing the visitors too much respect in the first half.

After falling behind to Steve McNulty's header, Jamie Cureton equalised for the Grecians with a wonderful first-time effort from 20 yards but Barry Nicholson put Fleetwood back in front just before half-time.

John O'Flynn salvaged a deserved point for City from the penalty spot but, despite their second half dominance, Exeter could not find a winning goal.

"I am happy with the way it finished and I was thinking we could score a third, but it was a pulsating game," Tisdale said. "We played a different type of game to what we are used to but overall I am quite pleased.

"We were too respectful in the first half. I don't know what it was and you can mix it up and spin it how you like, but I told the players at half-time they were too respectful.

"We played with more freedom and movement in the second half and I wanted them to play with a lot more energy and without worrying about playing the wrong pass.

"We put pressure on the ball, on the space and on the man and we got the rewards because we definitely deserved the draw. The longer the game carried on, the more likely I thought we were of getting the winning goal and getting a deserved victory.

"We should have had a penalty after getting the second equaliser and I am convinced it was. But the referee will give what he gives and I can do nothing about it. Being cynical, I think the goalkeeper would have been booked and he had second thoughts about giving it because he was already on a yellow card."

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon believed it was his side that deserved the win. He said: "We knew it was going to a difficult trip because of Exeter's history and record of doing very well here.

"Again it is a game heavily influenced by the officials. Sometimes they have got to put their hands up and say they are wrong. There were some crazy decisions against us but we will take a point all day long against Exeter."