Davies: “It keeps us ticking over”

Full-back on draw with Stevenage

Exeter City man Arron Davies was relatively pleased with a goalless draw against Stevenage on Tuesday evening at St James Park.

The Grecians became the first team to keep the Boro at bay for eight games, with James Hamon making some vital saves when called upon.  But at the other end City were unable to put the ball into Chris Day’s net.

And while three points would have been useful – in particular against a side above City in the League 2 standings – Davies wasn’t displeased with a sole point.

“I think it’s a good point,” he said.  “They are a very tough, physical side and they are hard to break down, but I thought we played well.

“Going back a month we might have lost that, so it’s a point gained.  It keeps us ticking over and takes us into Saturday [against Cheltenham] nicely now.

“Hammy was there when we needed him – they bombarded the box late on and everyone stayed strong – everyone was doing their jobs and we were organised.

“It’s always positive to get a clean-sheet as well against a very tough, physical, stubborn side.

“I think we have to take the positives from the game – it was a clean-sheet, it keeps the momentum going and we’ll go into Saturday which is going to be a massive game again.”

Davies was again playing in the right-sided full-back position in a back four – not a position that the Welshman has specialised in throughout his career.

But he helped Exeter to a second shut-out in four games with some blocks, tackles and good positional play and he said that he was keen to keep learning the nuances of the role.

“I’m enjoying it – I’m still learning the position but I’m eager to learn and improve,” continued Davies.  “I’m going to make mistakes because I haven’t played there much in my career.

“But I want to nail that position down and learn and watch as much football and full-backs as I can – get dead busy, basically.

“I’m really enjoying it and the more clean-sheets the better.”