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Davies believes Coles' stylish winner shows how high City stock has risen

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

Arron Davies scored Exeter City's first equaliser at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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Arron Davies says the manner of their 3-2 victory over Wycombe Wanderers sums up the belief surging through Exeter City at the moment.

Twice the Grecians fell behind to the Chairboys at St James' Park on Tuesday night, with Gareth Ainsworth opening the scoring before Dean Morgan put Gary Waddock's side back in front at the start of the second half, after Davies had equalised for the hosts.

And the Welsh winger believes that resilience demonstrates a quality which City perhaps lacked last term, when they were relegated from npower League One.

"I wasn't here, but from what the lads have been saying we might have lost that game last season," Davies said.

"We played really well against Wycombe, we were aggressive and had pace on the counter-attack and we showed great character to twice come from behind.

"I have been enjoying myself and the confidence is building. This is a good start for us, we are up there with the early contenders and the comeback stands us in good stead for the future.

"We have had a lot of tough games already so we are delighted with the points we have got out of them. We have got another tough game on Saturday [against Southend United at Roots Hall], so we will aim to keep the momentum going."

Perhaps the winning goal on Tuesday best demonstrated how confident City are at the moment – skipper and no-nonsense centre-back Danny Coles notching with an impressive back-heel from ten yards out.

Davies admitted he was delighted to see the captain bag the decisive strike, although he was less convinced about Coles' jubilant celebrations in front of the Big Bank.

"Don't get me started," the former Nottingham Forest man joked. "I was delighted for him, it meant so much to him and he deserved it for the overall performance he put in.

"I'm not too sure about the celebration though, there were three in one. He slid on his knees, then into a Klinsmann dive and then he was waving his arms in the air.

"Even when we went behind for a second time we still believed we could do it, and that's what got us through. It was a massive result."

Southend are unlikely to prove an easier opponent this weekend, despite narrowly losing to early pace-setters Gillingham 1-0 on Tuesday.

The Essex outfit finished fourth in League Two last season and are widely tipped to enjoy another good run this term.

So City will have to be on their guard, especially as the majority of their injury problems are unlikely to clear up in time for the trip east.

Paul Tisdale's forward line has been hardest hit by physical problems in recent weeks, with John O'Flynn, Alan Gow and Guillem Bauza all doubts to face the Shrimpers.

Davies has played as a forward in the past and admitted he would be happy to play there for City if required.

But the 28-year-old believes the performance of Jimmy Keohane on Tuesday night, which saw the Irishman set up all three goals, might have taken that opportunity away from him.

Davies said: "I wouldn't mind playing up there, but Jimmy did superbly on Tuesday to get three assists and we have got goals through the whole team.

"I'm not surprised at how well he did. I thought he looked very strong, fit and sharp, and he can be very proud because he helped us massively."

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