WE were disappointed not to take all three points at Mansfield. Then again, they won 20 of their last 23 games in the Conference last season so, in hindsight, a draw was probably a better result than it seemed in the dressing room at 5pm on Saturday.
I'd had a bit of lactic acid and fatigue at the end of last week and was struggling a little ahead of the game but our physio, Andy Proctor, gave me some acupuncture and it sorted me out. Having needles stuck in you can be quite painful and isn't something I'm particularly keen on, but needs must. I felt 100 per cent come kick-off at Field Mill and was pretty pleased with the way I played.
In fact, I've been delighted with my performances against Bristol Rovers, QPR and Mansfield. Of course, there's always room for improvement but, after six months on the sidelines, I think I've got off to a pretty decent start.
At the same time, it was pleasing earlier in the week to see Danny Coles saying nice things about me in the media. It was a big confidence boost to read that the skipper thinks I can play such a key part this season.
I'd like to take this opportunity to pass on my congratulations to Jake Gosling who celebrated his 20th birthday earlier this week.
Gos hails from Cornwall and was on Argyle's books as a youngster but, that aside, he's a good lad who, like me, enjoys a bit of banter.
Jake did well when he got his chance last season – he is great at dropping his shoulder and getting at defenders – and if he continues to improve as he has done over the last 12 months I think we'll see a lot more of him this year.
With the Premier League kicking off on Saturday, I'll be keeping an eye out to see how Dean Moxey gets on. I still keep in touch with Deano – we swapped a few texts when Palace got promoted back in May – and I think he's gonna do all right. Fingers crossed Ian Holloway will give him plenty of opportunities.
Dean is an Exeter boy who came up through the club's youth system so he's a bit of an inspiration to people like myself, Scot Bennett, Aaron Dawson and Jamie Reid, who have done likewise. It goes to show how far you can go if you work hard and apply yourself.
Me and my girlfriend Amy have just bought our first house in Exminster and moved in together.
It's a big step for a 23-year-old who's always lived at home but, much as I miss my mum's home cooking and the banter with my brother and sister, I'm loving it – Amy's fantastic and having our own place is a dream come true.
Looking the part is very important to Amy and she likes to make sure I do too. For instance, she's told me I've got to keep my eyebrows in good nick and insists on plucking 'em. It's the most painful thing I've ever experienced. In comparison, having needles stuck in my legs was a joy, and even breaking my ankle wasn't as painful. On the plus side, Amy gave them a trim for me before the QPR game and a lot of the lads remarked upon it, which she was really pleased about, so I guess the pain was worth it!
I can't believe it's three years since Adam Stansfield passed away.
On the pitch, Stanno ran his socks off and was, without doubt, the hardest-working player I've ever encountered. Off the pitch, he was a gentleman – genuinely one of the nicest people I've ever met – who enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his wife Marie and the rest of his family. We still miss him hugely.
We'll be looking to get back to winning ways when Wimbledon visit the Park on Saturday.
Like us, they're unbeaten in their opening two league games but we took four points off them last season. If we play as well as we did against Bristol Rovers, then there's no reason why we shouldn't make it two out of two at the Park.
I understand the game is being billed as Brazil Day and will celebrate our links with the South American country ahead of a possible trip there next summer.
With all our efforts concentrated on the start of the new season, there hasn't been a lot of talk about it at the Cat & Fiddle but I really hope it happens.
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to wearing our new Brazil-style third kit for the game. Let's hope we can play a bit like the Samba Boys!