Devon Sent Derby
5th February 2017
IT did not take too long for post-victory thoughts at Cambridge on Saturday to turn to the Pilgrims’ forthcoming biggest Sky Bet League Two match of the season.
The Devon Expressway Derby at Home Park barely needs additional spice, but with Devon’s two EFL teams both genuine Sky Bet League Two promotion contenders and Exeter defending a long unbeaten run, it has certainly got it.
New Pilgrim Antoni Sarcevic, scorer of Argyle’s winner in their 1-0 win at the Cambs Glass Stadium, is among those who can barely contain themselves.
He said: “With both teams doing really well in the league, it makes it nice for the spectators. Hopefully, we can please our fans and get the win.
“I just can’t wait for next week now.”
In preparation for Derby Day, manager Derek Adams is taking the Pilgrims for a week’s warm-weather training in southern Spain.
Despite the location, the trip will be far from a jolly for Argyle’s first-teamers.
Antoni said: “It’ll be hard work, as the gaffer said after the game, getting us ready for Saturday. It’s not a holiday halfway through the season, but it’s nice to get away and get in a different climate and push on until the end of the season.”
The break will also help Antoni and his fellow new Pilgrims Ryan Taylor, Nathan Blissett, Matty Kennedy and Jakub Sokolik integrate with the rest of the Argyle squad.
“They have settled in nicely and think they will be great assets to the team,” Antoni said. “They are good players and, with the lads on the bench, it is a strong squad, which is very competitive.”