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Grecians' blond bombshell is looking part on and off pitch

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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WHILE it was disappointing our second half supremacy against Fleetwood didn't translate into all three points, it was a cracking match and, what's more, we are heading in the right direction again.

Four points from last week's two home games is a decent return and it could easily have been six out of six if only their keeper hadn't made a great stop from my header at the death.

It was one of those where if I'd just got a nick on it he probably wouldn't have stood a chance but I made almost too good a contact and it flew straight at him.

That aside, I thought we were denied a clear penalty when John O'Flynn was upended in the box just seconds after he'd converted from the spot to make it 2-2.

From where I was standing there was no doubt about it whatsoever but referees always seem more reluctant to give a second penalty when they've only given the first moments earlier – all the more so if, as was the case on Saturday, it's going to leave them with no option but to send a player off.

No matter, Fleetwood are a pretty decent outfit who, I'm sure, will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. Moreover, former Scotland international Barry Ferguson, who's joined them on loan from Blackpool looked a real class act and more than capable of performing at a much higher level.

Our front three have been a constant threat over the last few weeks and I don't think too many League Two defences would relish coming up against them in their current vein of form.

It goes without saying, it's no coincidence our upturn in fortunes has coincided with Alan Gow's return to the side. The Gowser is a class apart at this level and his almost telepathic understanding with Jamie Cureton has produced a goal in each of our last two games.

That said, Curo's finish against Fleetwood was, if anything, even more sublime than his one against AFC Wimbledon four days earlier.

The old man's on 12 for the season now and while Flynny can't quite match that, it was great to see him grab his second goal in as many games on Saturday.

John's a great guy to have about the place and I couldn't be more chuffed for him to be finding the form which made him such a hit at Barnet.

I understand he earned a free pampering session at Wags hair and beauty salon, in North Street, as a result of his man-of-the-match performance last Tuesday. I imagine that was manna from heaven for the blond bombshell who, I'm led to believe, was waiting on the doorstep the next day in anticipation of a new haircut, pedicure and tanning session!

We had a bit of fun last week when we had a photoshoot at the Park for our new club suits. As you're probably aware, Ray Kelvin, the man behind the Ted Baker brand, is one of Tis' best mates and that ensures, regardless of what division we might find ourselves in, we're always setting the pace in the fashion stakes.

Of course, not everyone can be quite as stylish as Tis and myself so it's great that we get given some top clobber, ensuring even scruff-bags like Tommy Doherty and Pat Baldwin have no excuse for not looking the part!

Certainly, I'm chuffed to bits with my new whistle and flute, which, I understand, is available via Ted Baker at Moss Bros.

We've got a couple of huge games coming up, against clubs who are above us in the table and we could do with taking some points off, in the next few days.

First up are Bradford on Saturday for what promises to be a real test. It's hard to believe the Bantams were playing in the top flight little more than 10 years ago but they remain a big club by League Two standards and, more to the point, it looks as if they're finally beginning to get their act together under former Charlton boss Phil Parkinson.

The Valley Parade side are in a play-off place, their home form has been excellent and they're regularly getting gates in excess of 10,000 so we're under no illusions, it ain't gonna be easy – and if we continue to give away soft goals, like we did on Saturday, then it'll be close to impossible – but, be that as it may, it's a game we believe we can win.

And it doesn't get any more straight forward on Tuesday night when we travel to Kent to take on league leaders Gillingham. A second long away trip in the space of just four days is a big enough ask in itself, without our opponents being a team which has lost just twice in League Two so far this season, however, it's another game that we think we're more than capable of getting something from.

Here's to another rewarding week on and off the pitch!

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