FIFTEEN more results like this and there will be few complaints from the Galpharm faithful!
Jamie McCombe grabbed his third goal in five games before Jordan Rhodes joined a select band of strikers to have notched 30 in a season for the club and it was job done in Simon Grayson’s first match at the helm.
The new manager stuck with the same starting XI selected by Lee Clark in his last match in charge against Sheffield United as Town chalked up a very welcome first win in four games.
But there was a first outing of season for midfielder Joey Gudjonsson as the boss used his substitutes to good effect.
The Icelandic international, who was given a rousing reception when he replaced Anton Robinson, was part of a double swap on 64 minutes, with Lee Novak, who came on for Alan Lee, producing a bright cameo performance.
Danny Cadamarteri, who played the final stages in place of Gary Roberts, also did his bit as any chance of an Exeter fightback was finally quashed.
Town didn’t have it all their own way against the dogged Devonians, who twice came close during a lively opening spell and had a 60th-minute penalty claim turned down when Daniel Nardiello went down under Jack Hunt’s challenge.
But they did the bulk of the attacking, with Rhodes having a 71st-minute header ruled out for offside, and a first clean sheet in five matches was an added bonus.
While passes sometimes went astray, Grayson’s players showed patience, persistence and a pleasing willingness to express themselves, with Jack Hunt and Danny Ward again forming a potent partnership down the right.