Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was thrilled with the start his side made as it laid the foundations for a 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at St James' Park.

Two goals by John O'Flynn in the opening 35 minutes were enough for the Grecians, who were worthy winners against a Dons side who struggled to cope with the rampant hosts in the opening 45 minutes.

The visitors improved after the break but, by then, the damage was done, much to the delight of Tisdale.

"It was a brilliant game of football. Neal (Ardley, Dons boss) and I spoke about the game we had up there (2-2 draw towards the end of last season) which was a good game of football in the drizzle and I said to him it could be another of those," Tisdale said.

"The players really started the game fantastically well. There was a lot of positivity, creativity and goal threat and we thoroughly deserved our two-goal lead.

"We maybe could have got more, but 2-0 is good enough. We tried our best not to keep a clean sheet at the end by being a bit sloppy, but Artur (Krysiak) made some good saves. It was a really good performance.

"We had a really bad week going into the game in terms of injuries and not knowing what the team was and I have to say that the midfield partnership of Matt Oakley and Matt Grimes was superb for a first effort together."

AFC Wimbledon boss Ardley pulled no punches about his team's performance and felt they got just what they deserved.

"I am really disappointed. I am not going to defend the boys, if we were unlucky to lose I would say so," he said.

"Exeter were much the better team throughout the game and I have said to the players that one thing that is high on the list of every performance is the basics. The energy, the pace, the desire, one-to-one battles, we need to master them and we didn't turn up with any of it.

"The first half in particular we were so off the pace and they were twice as quick as us. They played with high energy and we didn't, they anticipated second balls we didn't, they did the rubbish side of their game and we didn't. When you do that you lose in this league, you can't win games. I don't care how good a group of players we think we have got, we can't win games without doing the basics

"They got a raised voice at half-time. We changed the tactics in the second half and we had loads of chances. But even if we had got back to 2-2 I would be saying the same things. You cannot turn up in this league thinking you don't have to do the basics."