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Coles' antics remind me he can't be trusted - by Pat Baldwin

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

  • Exeter City captain, Danny Coles, stitched me right up this week

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Last Saturday saw a record tenth away win for the club. It was a record that none of us players was aware of until after the game.

I'm pretty sure Paul Tisdale knew about it, so the fact it was never mentioned to us players was fantastic management. It left us to remain focused on getting another three invaluable points.

Often when you are involved in a team that is doing well and receiving plaudits, it is easy for complacency to set in. But our manager's interview after Saturday's game was spot on.

It could have been very easy for Tis to enjoy the praise and get carried away (he certainly deserves to for achieving such a record) but his reaction sent out an important message to us players.

Having this record will mean nothing unless we complete our aim for the season – promotion to League One.

I have been fortunate enough to work under some very good managers in the past but I can honestly say I would put Paul right up there at the very top.

It was his infectious enthusiasm, drive and ambition that attracted me to the club. He has shown incredible loyalty that is very admirable in the modern game and he has the utmost respect from every single player in our dressing room.

The trip to Morecambe, although long, was very enjoyable. We stopped off at Lilleshall to train as we have done on a number of occasions this season. We then got back on the coach to drive a further two hours to the hotel.

Normally, after we have a bite to eat, a few of us will seek out the bar for a cup of coffee and watch football if there is any on the box. This week saw just Mark Molesley, Danny Coles and myself head down there. We ordered the drinks but then Mark bumped into a player from Millwall, who were also staying at the hotel.

This was a perfect opportunity for Colesy and I to put down Mark's room number on the bill for him to pay upon check out. As you can imagine he wasn't best pleased with us the following morning but took it in good spirits nonetheless. He is a good guy and has so far proved to be a good addition to the squad.

As I said to you last week, I room with Colesy and the room is never quiet or dull. One thing that has become apparent since I've known him is that he can become very dangerous when bored.

He is like a big kid at times. You have to keep him busy to stop him from doing something stupid like taking silly photos of himself on my phone whilst I am in the toilet. I would like to tell you exactly what sort of photos he took but this being a family newspaper I could not possibly divulge.

Colesy and myself get on extremely well. He is a great lad and a very good captain. Before Thursday, I considered him a friend as well as a team-mate so never in a million years did I expect him to stitch me up like he did on the way to training that day.

I was asked to get a ball signed for an Exeter fan who is getting married today so I asked Colesy for a number for someone in the commercial department at the club to try and get a ball taken to the training ground.

He duly obliged by sending me what I thought was Andy Gillard's phone number. I dialled it but it rang through, so left a long message, asking Gilly for this huge favour and for him to ring me back.

Very annoyingly he didn't ring back but I thought nothing of it until I arrived at the Cat and Fiddle. On arrival Colesy asked me if I had managed to get through to Gilly. I replied that I hadn't. All of a sudden he bursts out laughing with his usual bellowing volume that can be heard all the way up the M5 in Bristol.

It turns out he had given me Danny Wilson, the Sheffield United manager's number! I don't know what Danny thought when he picked up my message but the whole experience has reiterated to myself to never trust Danny Coles.

Last night saw us take on Accrington Stanley at home and it gave us an opportunity to improve our home form after a very competent display at Morecambe. We will certainly be doing our best to get the three points and make the weekend an enjoyable one for the fans.

Whatever the result, from now until the end of the season, it will become more and more important for everyone associated with the club to stick together because you never know where it can take us.

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