Exeter manager Paul Tisdale could not fault the effort of his players as they were forced to settle for a point from a goalless draw with Grimsby.

Tisdale praises effort after Exeter stalemate

Tisdale praises effort after Exeter stalemate

The stalemate means it is six home games without a win for the luckless Grecians, but they were by far the better side at St James' Park and went closest to winning the game when Reuben Reid's shot hit the crossbar.

"We got a draw and there have been possibly two or three games that we have lost where I would like for us to have had what we had today, just to build some kind of resilience and momentum," Tisdale said.

"I felt we did everything but score and you certainly couldn't say that we played for a draw and hung back. The back four stayed as a unit and the rest of the team got forward and attacked. It was a very positive line-up.

"It was as positive as I could think of and those front players did tire. But they put a real shift in and I am proud of the way they have had input and taken ownership of what they have done this week.

"We are just lacking a bit of composure and confidence through circumstances and previous results, and we are just wanting to score so much. But it will come.

"We have had games here in the past two or three years where the opposition centre-backs weren't troubled enough, but that certainly wasn't the case today. I thought Reuben (Reid) and Robbie (Simpson) were excellent."

Grimsby manager Paul Hurst felt his side were poor. The Mariners barely created a chance and were fortunate to leave Devon with a point.

"It is a valuable point," Hurst said. "When you travel that far, the last thing I wanted to do was to get on that coach and have nothing to show for today.

"There were some positives, but we know we need to play better than that.

"We have played better than that on quite a few occasions and we will try and do that when we next take to the field.

"We didn't create enough chances and there weren't any that were real sitters. Omar (Bogle) had a header early on, Luke Summerfield has come on and had two strikes from distance and we had a free-kick that went into the road.

"We have got a lot more long journeys coming up. We can't write them off because it was a long journey. We didn't pass the ball well enough on a number of occasions throughout the game.

"They played at a tempo, they got the fans behind them initially. They looked a lot more compact than we did.

"We seemed to drop deep and we talk about not winning second balls, but at the same time it seemed a pretty thankless task because of the space they were having to cover."