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DEVON DERBY COUNTDOWN: Exeter City's Pat Baldwin relishing first trip to Plainmoor

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

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Pat Baldwin will be venturing into unfamiliar territory, but Exeter City's towering centre-half cannot wait to take on Torquay United in tonight's Devon derby at Plainmoor.

The former Colchester United and Southend United defender has never played at the home of City's close rivals before, but he hopes to mark his maiden appearance on the English Riviera with another victory to boost Exeter's promotion hopes.

"I've never played there [at Plainmoor] before, but I'm looking forward to it," Baldwin said. "It should be a really good game, we are in good form and we are all really looking forward to it.

"I think Saturday's result [the 3-0 win over Southend United] was our most important performance of the season. I think we have maybe turned the tide a little bit with regards to our form at home.

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"I think the win could be a turning point for us because, as we keep saying, our away performances have been fantastic and we have won a lot of games and we needed to win a game at home.

"Hopefully the win against Southend will kick-start us going into the second half of the season to pick up some points at home."

The win was achieved off the back of an excellent all-round performance. Defensively, the Grecians were tight and rarely looked like conceding and the clean-sheet was their second in the last three games.

"It makes a nice change, but I think our performances have deserved that," Baldwin added. "We've got through a lot of work in training and it's great that we are keeping it tight and I think we deserve those clean-sheets.

"The game on Saturday meant a lot to me, not just because I was playing against my old club, but because we hadn't won for so long at home."

Coupled with that resolute defensive showing was a hard-working display in attack, where John O'Flynn reaped the rewards for his incessant running with two of Exeter's three goals.

"The first one was a great finish and he deserves that with the amount of work he gets through in each game," Baldwin added. "He is playing up there on his own as well quite often, so it's fantastic for him and great for us as a team."

Now, all thoughts turn towards Plainmoor and one player who will feel at home tonight is Paignton-born defender Steve Tully, who started his career with the Gulls.

"Tulls is a great professional," Baldwin said. "He gets plenty of stick around the training ground, so I'm sure he will be fine going back to his former club!"

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