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Coles is hurt by defeat and looks to make amends against Dagenham

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

Exeter City captain Danny Coles is glad to have the chance to get back to action at Dagenham tonight after the Grecians' poor performance against Chesterfield picture: MATT AUSTIN

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Danny Coles is a natural-born winner and he was hurting more than most after Exeter City's dismal defeat to Chesterfield last Saturday.

Coles was one of the few players to have done OK against the Spireites, but the defeat was a fifth in six npower League Two fixtures for the under-performing Grecians.

However, Coles will not have to wait long to try and put right the wrongs of the weekend as City travel to Dagenham & Redbridge tonight looking for a much-needed win to restore belief and confidence.

"I was incredibly disappointed," the Grecians' skipper said. "It was a game we were looking forward to, a good game to have, and the conditions were lovely. It was set up for a nice day of football, but we didn't perform or function as a team.

"It is something we are working on and the good thing is we have a game on Tuesday and we can hopefully bounce back from it.

"We want to get back out there as soon as possible, but it is a difficult trip to Dagenham. We have to make sure we prepare right, but it is a game we can rebound from and, if we can get a result at Dagenham and then again at Cheltenham (on Saturday), then we'll feel much better about it."

The loss further compounded Exeter's awful home record. They have lost four of seven on home soil this term and, added to first-round exits in both the Capital One Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this season, an away game is perhaps what is needed for City right now.

Their away form is in stark contrast, with Exeter winning four out of six, although their last road trip ended in defeat at Northampton Town.

"Our away form is better, but our form at the minute is just not good enough full stop. It's as simple as that, but we will look to put that right on Tuesday," Coles added.

"We have to work incredibly hard to make chances for ourselves and their goal on Saturday came from lapses in concentration, us not stopping the cross and picking up the runners, and they have had a free header ten yards out.

"It's not good enough and it is happening far too often at the minute."

Manager Paul Tisdale felt that the performance on Saturday was confused, although he did not elaborate on what exactly he felt was wrong with City's showing. To be honest, there was not much right with it, but Coles feels Exeter need to be a little more incisive.

"We are a passing team and players can get a little bit drawn on passing too much," he said. "I think we got away from parts of our play on Saturday that we usually do.

"We didn't get them on the back foot, which is what we like to do before we start to play. Then we can start to pick teams off, but I don't think we started the way we usually like to start and that is something we have to look at.

"I wouldn't say we don't start well because the boys are out there giving 100 per cent. Every player is giving their all and they came in on Saturday on their knees.

"It is something we will look at and I am sure the manager will look at the DVD, we will have a meeting and we will go from there."

Coles added: "As a team, we know we have to be better. We have to demand more from each other and at times, the players have to put their hands up and say they are not performing well enough."

Jamie Cureton is expected to start tonight after being taken off at half-time on Saturday. Tisdale withdrew his nine-goal top-scorer for tactical reasons, rather than injury, while Alan Gow is facing a period on the sidelines with a recurrence of a thigh injury.

Exeter City (from): Krysiak, Evans; Tully, Woodman, Bennett, Baldwin, Coles, Sercombe, Oakley, Davies, Cureton, Doherty, Amankwaah, Frear, O'Flynn, Nichols, Bauza, Keohane, Chamberlain, Moore-Taylor, Cane, Micklewright, Roper, Wannell.

Unavailable: Reid, Gosling (on loan to Dorchester Town), Dawson (on loan to Havant & Waterlooville), Knowles (on loan to Barnstaple Town), Gow (thigh).

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