I WAS gutted to have to limp off against Wimbledon on Saturday. I'd had a bit of a niggle in the lead-up to the game so started on the bench but it turned out to be a mistake – I aggravated the injury when I came on and will probably miss Saturday's game against Morecambe.
With hindsight I shouldn't have played but, having been out for such a long time, I was desperate to be involved; I'll make sure I learn from it.
On the plus side, I've now had a scan on my back and pelvis, which is where the problem was, and it's perfectly fine. Apparently, I've irritated a nerve which is affecting my groin area but – fingers crossed – it shouldn't keep me out for very long.
In any case, the boys did pretty well without me. While it may not have been 'just like watching Brazil', I thought we did a pretty fair imitation in our new yellow kit – I understand some people have complained it's a bit too close to Torquay's but I like it.
We were in total control in the first half and, more importantly, took a few of our chances which is something we didn't always do at home last season. From what I saw (I missed the last 20 minutes after I hobbled off), they gave us a bit more of a game in the second half but we were still pretty comfortable.
There were plenty of good performances – it was great to see Flynny grab a couple and get off the mark for the season, David Wheeler is improving with every game, and it was as if Matt Oakley had never been away – but for me Matt Grimes stole the show.
Until someone plays in the first team you can never be quite sure how they'll get on when they do but Grimesy is quality. Everyone at the Cat & Fiddle was pretty confident he'd do alright and he didn't disappoint.
If it wasn't a great day for me, it was a much better one for my sister Kayla.
Kayla, who comes to pretty much every home game, along with my mum Tracy and dad Choc, won the 50/50 draw at half-time and pocketed £440. No doubt my favourite (only) sis will be treating me to a big present!
I couldn't help noticing almost half our team were sporting a beard at one stage on Saturday. I don't know if five beards in the same City side is a record but it must be close.
Tis grew one earlier in the year and now, it seems, everyone wants in on it.
To be fair, some are better than others; Aaron Davies clearly spends a bit of time on his but Pat Baldwin's is wild – he was telling me earlier in the week that he intends to keep on growing it and start adding beads. I wasn't sure quite what to think except, maybe, that he's a big Pirates of the Caribbean fan.
My missus, Amy, would never dream of letting me grow a beard even if I wanted to, which, incidentally, I don't!
I've just heard that Julian Tagg is stepping down as the club's chief executive. Having come up through the youth system, I've known Taggy for a long time – he's a great bloke who's been proper good to me from day one.
We always enjoy his company when he pops in to join us for lunch at the Cat & Fiddle and I'm glad to hear he's still going to be involved with the club, concentrating his efforts on supporting Tis and Stevie P, the youth academy, and Football in the Community.
Having sat out training on Tuesday, I've no doubt it's me who'll be blamed for putting a bit of Deep Heat in a few of the lads' pants. I know they all look forward to reading my thoughts so I'd like to take this opportunity to make clear it had nothing to do with me.
I don't want to name names, but anyone contemplating revenge would do well to focus their efforts not on me but on another individual who was also missing from the training pitch at the time and, should you need any further clues, wrote this column last year!
If I'm not ready to be involved on Saturday, I'll stay in Exeter and spend the day with Amy. Players sometimes choose to travel with the squad when they're injured but, much as I'd like to be in Morecambe to cheer the lads on, having had a problem with my back I'm not keen to spend half the weekend on a coach.
Instead, we'll probably go out for the day and head back in time to catch the final scores on Sky Sport News. With a little luck, I'll get home to find out the boys have picked up another three points; the way things are going they're definitely capable of doing so though the first objective will be to keep a clean sheet and maintain our unbeaten run – anything more will be a bonus.