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Baldwin is eager to get stuck into Exeter Plymouth derby game

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

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Pat Baldwin says he can't wait for kick-off this Saturday as the atmosphere builds towards the Devon derby at St James's Park

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EXETER City defender Pat Baldwin says he can't wait for kick-off this Saturday as the atmosphere builds towards the Devon derby at St James's Park.

It will be the first time Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City have met in a league game since April 2011, when James Dunne's volley saw the Grecians come away with a 1-0 win.

It will also be Baldwin's first taste of a Devon derby after he joined City, initially on loan, in March 2012.

The 30-year-old defender, who scored in City's 3-2 win over Rochdale last Saturday, says it is games like this which all footballers look forward to, and he s no different.

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"It is the reason I play football – for games like this," he said. "It is a really good game that we are all looking forward to and that we are looking to do well in and get three points."

Baldwin has tasted derby action before when he was at Colchester.

He even scored in a heated Essex derby against Southend in 2006 and he knows what it takes to succeed in these games.

"You can get caught up in the hype of the game," he said. "In the back of the mind you have got to realise what a big game it is for the club and the supporters, but at the same time you have to be professional and do a good job."

City go into the match sitting in the final League Two play-off spot, having recorded four wins from their last six games.

However, their form at St James's Park has not been so good. They have won just three out of 10 matches at home and that is something Baldwin is keen to put right.

"If we could sort out our home form we would certainly be up there by the end of the year," he said.

"That is what we are going to be working on at home, beginning this weekend with a big result."

Argyle head to St James's Park as the underdogs. They beat York City at the weekend to ease the pressure on manager Carl Fletcher, but before that they had not won a game since mid-October.

They currently find themselves fifth from bottom in the table and only three points outside the relegation places.

However, Grecians boss Paul Tisdale says that will count for nothing on Saturday.

"I don't think form or league position will have much bearing on the game," he said. "I'm delighted with our away form, but I make no secret of the fact that I would like to have better home form.

"We have to be sensible and play our game and not the opposition's.

"We will all look forward to it there is no doubt about that. Any derby, at any football club, is special and this one will be on Saturday.

"I think we have to make sure we play our game and not play the occasion. It is not how much you want to win, it is whether you know how to win and how to play the right way.

"Being motivated for the game, being determined, being up for it, is great, but you also need to know what to do. You need to play correctly and put a performance together."

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