No Damp Spirits

A LITTLE bit of rain never hurt anyone, they say - and Derek Adams is preparing as normal for Argyle's derby clash with Exeter City, despite the inclement weather.

Heavy winds and driving rain have been the order of the day around Plymouth over the last week or so, as it has been across most of the country. Derek has not let that get in the way of his thorough training regime, though, and is satisfied with the work done so far this week.

"It hasn't been a great day on Tuesday," said Adams, "but we've trained at Harper's Park and had a good session.

"We've trained outside on Monday and Tuesday, and done double sessions both days. It's not been too bad - so far! 

"The kit-man won't be happy because we were a wee bit muddy, but we'll progress over the week; we've got Thursday and Friday to come, so hopefully the weather is a wee bit better."

The Pilgrims' boss has kicked off his preparations for the second visit of the Grecians to Home Park this season. Whilst he expects some different looks and setups on the field to that Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie, Adams expects the special atmosphere that comes with a Devon derby to be there once more. 

"We had three players out on that night from the Saturday game, and Exeter had three or players out from their Saturday game," said Derek. 

"I think the teams will be slightly different from the last time, but the occasion will be exactly the same. It will be a hotly contested derby match. It's a fantastic occasion for the area, and I think it's going to be a bumper crowd again.  

"We're looking forward to it. With the way we're progressing and the way we're doing in the league, I'm sure that there'll be a lot of fans out there looking to come and support the team."