Manager Paul Tisdale has promised the Exeter supporters will be rewarded if they keep the faith despite his side slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Wycombe.

Paul Tisdale calls for patience from Exeter fans after defeat at Wycombe

Paul Tisdale calls for patience from Exeter fans after defeat at Wycombe

Adebayo Akinfenwa's 85th-minute strike separated the sides at Adams Park in a game which saw some Exeter fans unveil a 'Tisdale Out' banner.

Tisdale has been in charge of the Grecians for more than a decade but their sluggish start to the campaign - which has seen the side fall into the League Two relegation zone - has tested some fans' patience.

"We're a quarter into the season and it has been really tough but we have had those problems and we will overcome them," insisted Tisdale.

"We need the supporters but I understand the dissatisfaction a number of them have.

"They're disappointed but it's important those people stay behind the team because this is a supporter-owned club and everyone's in it together - we have to have that mentality.

"We move to a home game next week, we know how difficult it has been there but we have to get down and do our job and when it comes it'll be great to reward those supporters who have been sticking with us.

"I think we've got the makings of a good team but that counts for nothing when you're struggling at the wrong end of the table."

Akinfenwa's late winner was his second goal since joining Wycombe in the summer and came at the end of a second half which the Chairboys dominated but looked destined not to score in.

The victory sees them climb to 15th in the League Two table and boss Gareth Ainsworth was impressed by a whole team performance.

"It's not all about Bayo, the 11 that started the game really ground Exeter and we stopped their chances - Jamal Blackman had one of the easiest days of his career so far," Ainsworth said.

"We just couldn't get in behind them, they were very deep and I'm glad we got the three points because it has been a good week.

"I asked for patience from the fans and ironically this was a very patient day - we had to wait until the 85th minute to get something but I'm very pleased and thought we deserved something.

"It was made tougher by Exeter's set-up, they've come to frustrate us and they sacrificed much of their attacking prowess to be solid.

"Paul Tisdale has got an injury crisis at the moment and he can't put his strongest back four out, so you protect them by clogging your midfield.

"He's done that and it's almost worked - they were five minutes away from getting a point here, so credit to Paul."