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Boss excited at prospect of another Devon derby

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: August 30, 2011

marked man: Exeter City striker Daniel Nardiello controls the ball during Saturday's win over Chesterfield. The forward was the hero the last time the Grecians played Plymouth Argyle in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, scoring a last-gasp winner at Home Park last season

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EXETER City boss Paul Tisdale admits it won't be hard to motivate his side for tonight's clash with Plymouth Argyle.

Last season's trio of Devon derbies provided all manner of drama and excitement, as the Grecians knocked the old enemy out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy before the two sides exchanged home victories in the league.

The lower league cup competition also provided City with some of their most memorable moments of the 2010/11 season, often offering Tisdale's men with a chance to kick-start their form away from the pressures of the league.

So it is not surprising the Grecians boss is hoping for more of the same from the Plymouth fixture, as well as the competition as a whole.

Tisdale said: "You wouldn't get a better opportunity to get everyone excited than when there's another Devon derby coming up against Plymouth.

"Our win against them at the end of last season (the Grecians won 1-0) was one of the best games I have seen here. We haven't quite found the same rhythm yet this season, but that win is fresh in our minds and I hope we can get close to that performance tonight.

"Also this competition gave us a lift last season and we would like it to do the same this year.

"When we had a dip in form the JPT was always a good opportunity to get back to winning ways. It proved to be very useful, we made some revenue from it and it was a good experience."

Tisdale admitted he may make 'one or two' changes to his team for the visit of Peter Reid's side.

But those alterations are likely to be kept to a minimum as the manager bids to find a settled side and build momentum following Saturday's 2-1 win over Chesterfield.

Injured trio Guillem Bauza (groin), Liam Sercombe (foot) and John O'Flynn (knee) will definitely miss the match and Tisdale believes it will be another couple of weeks before any of them recover full fitness.

"Guillem Bauza is going to be at least a couple of weeks, John O'Flynn is a month away from playing and a fractured foot (for Sercombe) takes between six and eight weeks to heal," Tisdale said.

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