SOME say that the formbook goes out of the window in a Derby match – but not Derek Adams.
The Argyle boss takes his team into the 105th Devon Expressway Derby this Saturday, fully aware of opponents Exeter City’s impressive run of recent form in the league, but does not hesitate to point out how well his own side have done of late, as well as their position in the table.
Fourth-placed City are 12 games unbeaten, having won their last seven games, but are still nine points behind Argyle, in second position, who have a game in hand.
“We’re ahead of them performance wise, but their team is the form team in the league, and we go into it with high spirits,” said Derek.
“You look at it over a season, you don’t look at it over seven games, and this season is over the whole term. After 46 games we sit down and look at the league table. From my point of view nothing is won in February.”
Without playing down the importance of a result on the weekend, the Greens manager still emphasises that it is still simply another three points at stake in the grand scheme of the season.
“It is built up to be a very good occasion, and it will be, because there’s great rivalry with the clubs,” said Derek.
“It is a big game, but it is just another three points; that’s what you get for winning the match.”
“The occasion, the supporters from both sides, the rivalry between the clubs. That’s what will make it a big derby match tomorrow.”
The Argyle squad will be unchanged for the Saturday fixture, and could result in home debuts for new signings Jakub Sokolik, Antoni Sarcevic, Ryan Taylor, and Matty Kennedy.