Grecians' spirit remains strong despite their troubles at St James' Park
Arron Davies has insisted that confidence is high at Exeter City – despite the Grecians' erratic home form.
Exeter have won only four of their 16 npower League Two games at St James' Park so far this season, but their record-breaking away form means they remain right among the promotion contenders at the top end of the table.
They have a chance to put pressure on all of their rivals by beating Accrington Stanley at home on Friday night, but so often this season the Grecians have failed to capitalise on home advantage. However, Davies said that indifferent form has not affected the players' morale.
"I don't know what the reasons for that are, but we have a game on Friday, it will be under floodlights and, being an evening game, there should be a bit of dew on the pitch, so that should suit us," said Davies, who was among the scorers in Exeter's 3-0 win at Morecambe last Saturday.
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"As players, you can't really think about it too much. Others will talk about it, but we have to go into home games being as positive as we can because after Saturday, the lads are buzzing.
"There is a lot of confidence flowing through the squad at the minute and, if we can take that into Friday, we'll be fine."
City's win at Morecambe saw them create a club record of ten wins away from home in a single campaign. Friday's game is the first of 15 between now and the end of the season, and the Grecians can take confidence from a comprehensive 2-0 win against the Lancastrians earlier this season.
"I think any game in this league is winnable and we know that, if we play well, they we can beat anyone," Davies added. "We have shown that a lot this season.
"We beat them 3-0 earlier in the season, so they know what we're all about and they will be coming here trying to prove a point at St James' Park.
"It will be a very tough game, but I think on a Friday night, under floodlights with a bit of dew on the pitch and with the fans right behind us, you can't ask for more than that, so it should be a good game."
Davies is delighted to be back playing again after a stop-start campaign which has been blighted by injury. His start at Morecambe was his third since returning from a hamstring injury at the beginning of December, and he hopes to stay fit and play an active role in what he hopes will be a successful season for the Grecians.
"It has been a bit stop-start since I have been here, but I felt fit at Morecambe and to get a goal as well is only going to help my confidence. I'm just looking forward to the game on Friday now," the Welshman added.
"The injury is fine, I had to do a lot of extra fitness work, but it is hard to get your match fitness and obviously you only get that through playing games.
"But it was great to get 90 minutes up at Morecambe, I felt really strong and I'm looking to kick on for the rest of the season now. It's an important time and I want to be fit and raring to go."
One person certainly pleased to see Davies back on the field is his father, who travels to wherever the former Southampton youngster is playing to watch him in action. Saturday's trip to Morecambe was certainly worthwhile, with Davies Jnr notching Exeter's second goal.
"It was nice to see it hit the back of the net and a lovely feeling and it was lovely to be able to celebrate in front of the travelling away fans, which included my dad as well. He made the long journey, so it was nice to score in front of him," he said.
"He comes to every game and has probably missed three games since I started playing! But he loves it, he comes home and away and I spoke to him afterwards and he was delighted as well, so it's nice for him after travelling all that way."