IN just four words, Reuben Reid summed up everything that is required from him and his fellow Pilgrims this weekend: “We have to win.”Argyle’s top scorer last season will take part in his fourth Devon Expressway Derby when Exeter City visit an expectant and packed out Home Park on Saturday.
Three Sky Bet League 2 points and Devon city pride both go on the line at 3pm with Reuben having impressed the significance of the fixture on the home dressing-room, with only a few of this year’s Pilgrims having played in the match that means so much to so many in Devon.
“We obviously have to do it for the fans; it’s a special game. “We have to win - that’s the pressure we’re putting on ourselves as a team.
“For the new lads, they won’t really know what the game means to the city and the fans. They’ll hear Wottsy [Paul Wotton], Luke [McCormick] and myself, who have been involved in these games – just to give them an extra incentive to do well because it means a lot to anyone who is involved at Plymouth Argyle.”
As well as Westcountry pride, the match gives both sides the chance to build on a promising, though largely unproductive start to the season, with Argyle making their home league bow.
“We’re playing for points,” said Reuben. “In every game, you have got to go out and get the win. With regards to getting off to a good start, in my opinion, the first 10 games in the league sort of sets you up in the league.
“I think we need to try and get as many points as quickly as possible on the board, and then we’ll see.”