Coles undaunted by the prospect of travelling to high-flying Fleetwood
Exeter City captain Danny Coles says the Grecians will travel to in-form League Two side Fleetwood Town with no fear on Saturday.
Last weekend, the Lancashire side beat pre-season title favourites Portsmouth to record their fourth straight win in all competitions and move to within four points of league leaders Chesterfield.
At the same time, City fell to a crushing 2-0 defeat at home against Newport County, a first defeat in four league games which saw them drop out of the play-off zone.
Paul Tisdale's side have also only won once away this term, but Coles declared: "It is not a daunting prospect. It is Fleetwood, they have got to be worried about us."
The 31-year-old added: "It is going to be a tough task but, trust me, there are certainly bigger teams that we have come up against.
"Yes, they are good side, they have made some good signings, but it is not a daunting prospect whatsoever. We will be going there to win the game, the manager will come up with a plan to combat them and enable us to know how we can win the game."
City put in a good opening half-hour against Newport last Saturday but fell behind when a long throw was allowed to bounce all the way to the back post for Conor Washington to fire home.
A number of missed chances then followed for the home side, before an improved second-half display from the visitors saw them deservedly take a 2-0 lead when Harry Worley smashed a shot into the roof of the net from the corner of the six-yard box.
Coles insisted they could draw some positives from the match, but admitted the result was a real kick in the teeth and one the players would be looking to put right this Saturday.
"We have had a decent start to the season, but the loss to Newport was disappointing," he said. "We should be beating teams like Newport if we have got any aspirations.
"It is something we are not happy about and it is a kick in the teeth, but we will learn and hopefully react to it against Fleetwood."
Coles was disappointed with how his side performed in both boxes. He said there were some good individual displays, but that is not always enough.
"I think in the middle of the park we dominated the play, but it just came down to a couple of moments in both boxes," said Coles. "We weren't clinical enough in hitting the target and we didn't defend our goal well enough on the two times that we needed to.
"There were some good individual performances, but you have got to play for the team. You can't do things just to play well for yourself. It is a good thing we have got players playing well, but it is just getting the rest of your game together to function as a team."
Coles is likely to partner Scot Bennett in central defence for Saturday's match. Bennett has been moved into that position while Pat Baldwin, who played alongside Coles for the majority of last season, fills in at right-back.
City have signed former Crystal Palace right-back Danny Butterfield, but having not played for a few weeks he is unlikely to be fit enough to start at Highbury Stadium.
However, Coles was delighted with the new signing.
"He has got a vast amount of experience in the higher leagues," said Coles. "Pat has obviously gone into the right-back slot and done an admirable job, but you need a proper right-back there and I think he is a fantastic signing for us."