Derby Day looms for Academy

Darren Way’s young Greens face their fourth Devon derby test of the season on Saturday as they look to maintain their perfect start to the EFL Merit League One.

The Academy has not lost to Exeter City within 90 minutes this season, with their only defeat coming in a penalty shoot-out which ended 9-8 to the Grecians.

However, in the league, Argyle have walked away as the victors both times of asking.

Talking more about the difference between derby games to other matches, Darren said, “I think the emotions change just because the players want to play in these types of games.

“We know a lot about each other because we’ve played enough now to know tactically what challenges we face.

“It’s also about making sure our players maintain consistency.

“In our performances and what I’ve seen in training at this time in the season, all the players look like they’re enjoying their football, so that makes life a lot easier.”

For Darren’s side, another win would take them top of the league and would mean they would be the only side left with a perfect record.

Speaking more about the Greens’ excellent start to the new league, Darren said, “Momentum is really important.

“I think you build that. Good people, good characters in and around the football club.

“We’re all comfortable in uncomfortable situations and to not drop our standards.

“It’s nice to be involved in something that’s bigger and better than ourselves.”

The Pilgrims have been defensively astute since the restart, keeping clean sheets away to Cambridge United and at home to Southend United.

Darren revealed more about the player’s mentality toward their defensive record and what it would mean to do the same in Saturday’s 11am kick-off, “They take a lot of pride, especially Rhys Wilmot and the goalkeeping department.

“There’s a lot of players that pride themselves on keeping clean sheets so that won’t change.”

For Exeter City, life in EFL Merit League One has been tough. They have one point after three games played and sit bottom of the table.

However, last weekend’s 1-1 draw away to Gillingham proves the young Grecians can still cause problems.

You can stay updated with the half-time and full time scores on Twitter @PAFCAcademy

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