Arron Davies is keen to add goals to his game after his impressive return to the Exeter City starting XI.
The former Yeovil Town and Nottingham Forest winger dropped out of the side for games against Torquay United and Bristol Rovers, but he has been one of the Grecians’ best performers since returning at Wimbledon.
Although his return has not coincided with an upturn in results for Exeter, they are certainly performing much better with three successive draws ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southend United.
Davies came close to a winning goal in two of those games, with his stunning volley against Oxford being tipped on to the crossbar in a goalless draw at St James’ Park and then his injury-time header coming back off a post in a 1-1 draw at Burton Albion.
“That’s the way it is going for us at the moment. We need those sort of things to turn for us,” Davies said. “We need to get those chances over the line.
“We aren’t far away from being a good team, but we can’t keep saying that, we have to start getting results.
“I’m been happy with my performances of late, I’m just disappointed not to have scored a few goals.
“You can say it’s been unlucky, but I would like to add a few goals to my name. I have had a few chances in the last few games, but I have hit the bar and the post, so hopefully I can notch on Saturday. It is certainly something I am looking to improve on.
“As I say, I have had the chances and it has been frustrating to hit the bar and hit the post and watch the ’keeper make saves, but I have to turn them into goals.
“I was pretty much celebrating the one against Oxford and it’s disheartening when the ’keeper get a finger to it and tips it on to the bar because it counts for nothing.”
City travel to Southend in good heart, but knowing they are up against one of the division’s in-form sides. The Shrimpers won 2-0 at St James’ Park earlier in the season and the manner of that victory left an impression with Davies.
“It will be a tough game. They are up towards the top of the table and beat us earlier in the year, but we are going there with good belief and good form,” the former Southampton youngster said. “We are three unbeaten now, hopefully we can turn them into wins. It’s a good game to have and I am looking forward to it.
“I thought they were a good side when we played them earlier in the season. They were very fit and very physical and got in your face.
“They are a good side for this level and we know we will have to be on form on Saturday to get a result.
“We have done well against the teams at the top recently. We should perhaps have beaten both Oxford and Burton.
“It doesn’t matter who we play in this league, we know you have to turn up and put in a performance because if you do that, you can beat anyone. If you don’t, you can get your backside felt, so we have to go there on Saturday and play like we have in the last few games. I think we are doing well at the minute.”
Exeter have not won away since they beat Torquay 3-1 at Plainmoor just after Christmas, while their other two victories in the past 20 games – against Scunthorpe United and Accrington Stanley – were also away from home.
“We have played well away from home in the two seasons I have been here and picked up a lot of good wins on the road. Hopefully we can get another one on Saturday,” Davies added. “They are at home, so hopefully they will come at us and we can absorb their pressure, play in the break and get some goals.
“It’s the business end of the season now and a lot of teams have games in hand, so the table can look a bit uneven at the minute. But we need to start turning these draws into wins and climb that table as soon as we can.”