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Danny Coles: A derby win would make up for some of Exeter's home results

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

Danny Coles

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SATURDAY'S game against Argyle will be my first Devon derby in the league and it's fair to say I'm pretty excited about it.

I wasn't around in 2010/11 when the teams met in League One but those who were have told me all three matches that season – especially the one at Home Park in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy – were pretty lively affairs and I'm not expecting this weekend's clash to be any different.

Form and league positions go out of the window on occasions like this and, make no mistake, if we're not at our best then Plymouth are more than capable of taking advantage.

It's up to us to ensure we don't give them that opportunity – our home form this season has been disappointing but I'm sure a win on Saturday would more than make up for some of the disappointments. I can't wait.

Needless to say, it was great to warm up for the Argyle game with another away win – our seventh of the season.

I thought our counter-attacking in the first half was exceptional and while Rochdale put us under the cosh after the interval, we deservedly held on for all three points.

I must admit, it was a bit of a surprise to see my central-defensive partner Pat Baldwin get his name on the scoresheet. Pat's goalscoring record ain't much better than his fashion sense – he doesn't even score in training – and he admitted to me after the game he'd probably have missed if he hadn't thought he was offside.

As for the celebration that followed, I think it's fair to say there's plenty of room for improvement but, then again, with just three goals in 200-plus games I guess he hasn't had a lot of practice.

I understand Liam Sercombe is the latest City player to sign up for Twitter.

Far be it from me to tell the young whippersnapper what to do, but I can't help thinking Sercs and Twitter could be an explosive combination – suffice to say, I'm sure anyone who follows @SercombeLiam will be in for an entertaining ride.

Quite a few of the younger lads – and John O'Flynn (@flynny9) – are Twitter devotees but I gave it up a few years ago when I was coming in for a bit of stick at Bristol Rovers and didn't want to end up saying something I might later have cause to regret.

That said, I could be tempted to end my self-imposed exile if only to keep abreast of Liam's thoughts on how we might ensure world peace and what Flynny's had for his breakfast.

I must pay tribute to Exeter City Ladies, who did rather better than we did by reaching the second round of the FA Women's Cup with a 7-0 victory over Brislington at the Park on Sunday.

As you're probably aware, the ladies are managed by a certain Steve Tully, who's justifiably proud of the huge strides his team have made in recent years.

From what I can gather, Tulls has now masterminded almost as many promotion campaigns as Tis!

Aside from his achievements with the ladies' side, Steve is a top bloke who always plays the game with a smile on his face and is a real joy to have about the place.

With the arrival of big Kevin Amankwaah, Tulls has faced some stiff competition for the right-back berth this season and it's testament to his attitude that, having missed the start of the season through injury, he's knuckled down and regained his place in the starting line-up.

I didn't get a chance to mention it in last week's column but, as you may have read elsewhere in the paper, myself and some of the other players visited some of the children on the Bramble Ward at the RD&E recently.

It was a humbling experience to spend some time with the kids, many of whom are very seriously ill yet displayed courage and good humour in abundance and I'd like to thank them and the hospital staff for making us so welcome.

It was one of those experiences which helps you put things into perspective and a timely reminder that while we're all desperate to win on Saturday, it is, all said and done, only a football match and everyone would do well to remember that.

And finally, please, don't forget the game is all-ticket and you won't be able to pay on the day. So, if you haven't already got your hands on a ticket you need to get one now or run the risk of missing what promises to be a game to remember and in which, it goes without saying, we'd really appreciate all the support we can get.

With this in mind, I'm reliably informed club reception will be open until 7pm today (Thursday) and between 10am and 5pm tomorrow (Friday) for anyone who hasn't yet snapped up theirs. More details are available at www.exetercityfc.co.uk.

It only remains for me to say, I'll see you on Saturday when I'm hoping we'll be able to deliver a little festive cheer for Grecians fans the world over!

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