Scot Bennett hopes he and his Exeter City team-mates can prove a few people wrong and show that they are capable of winning football matches at St James’ Park.
The Grecians have not won on home soil since the 3-1 Devon derby win over Plymouth Argyle on October 5, and failed to win any of three games they had in a week at the end of February.
On Saturday, they face Dagenham and Redbridge at St James’ Park before hosting Northampton Town on Tuesday, a side second from bottom of League Two and six points behind the Grecians.
“We are looking forward to Saturday and we want to prove a few people wrong,” Bennett said. “We want to show people that we can play the kind of football that we want to play and we can get the results at home.
“Our form at home definitely hasn’t been good enough, but if we can transfer our away form to home and start getting 1-0 up instead of going 1-0 down all the time, then we can start pushing on and winning a couple of games.”
Bennett added: “We have had a few talks about these two games. We haven’t necessarily set a points target, but we are definitely aiming to get two wins.
“We definitely need to with the position we are in, and with where they are in the league as well.
“With the form we have been in at home as well, we definitely need to turn it round. Hopefully we will start getting some luck at home, get some points and we can turn the whole thing round.
“We have certainly created enough chances and I think we have been the better team at home. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to put the ball in the net, luck has not quote gone our way.
“Hopefully that will change soon and some of the mistakes we are making at the back will go because I think we are good enough to be a top-six team. Our form is not quite what we want it to be, but if we can turn it round, then I think we can push on next year and we’ll be up there.”
City manager Paul Tisdale claims that his players have been too anxious in playing in front of the home faithful this campaign. Bennett agrees, but solving the problem is not so easy.
“It is not an nice place to play at right now with the anxiety we feel and there are a few of us that feel it out there, you are worried that you might give the ball away and what the crowd reaction is going to be like, but we have put that on ourselves,” he said.
“We are the ones that haven’t performed at home, so we know it is something we have to put right and if we can start winning games, then I am sure the fans will be straight back on our side.”
If Bennett plays in both games, which is highly likely, then it will bring up a century of appearances for the likeable Cornishman, who made his debut for the Grecians in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town almost three years ago.
However, personal accolades mean little to Bennett right now, with Exeter’s predicament and getting them out of it of far greater significance to him.
“I wasn’t aware of that, but it would be nice to get out there and play my 100th game,” he said. “But I am more concerned about the team at the minute and trying to get the points that we need to get us out of trouble. But it’s a nice milestone, that’s for sure.”