Former City Loanee Craig Noone Backs Argyle in Devon Derby

Former Exeter City loanee, Craig Noone, is backing Argyle to beat the Grecians in the Devon Derby on Saturday.

Noone came on loan to Exeter in 2009 with his career stuttering. However, with some fine performances for the Grecians, and a goal against Leyton Orient, he was recalled by the Pilgrims. He subsequently played for Brighton and Hove Albion and now plays for Cardiff City.

While he has respect for Exeter and manager Paul Tisdale, for whom he played on loan in 2009, Noone said it was Plymouth’s results he first looked for and will do so again on Saturday.Craig Noone

Noone has played in two Exeter/Argyle derbies. Experiencing what it is like being on the winning and losing side. Noone was in the Pilgrims line-up which went down to a Nardiello late goal in a 2-1 win to Exeter in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in November 2010 at Home Park. Then in December in the Argyle 2-0 victory.

Noone said

I really do believe Argyle will be all right at the end of the season.

They are starting to put wins and draws together and some pleasing performances, which is naturally good for the players’ confidence.

I know Exeter are the better-placed side, but derbies are great levellers and Argyle will definitely be up for this one. It goes without saying the crowd will be important – I know how much having the bragging rights means to the fans. This derby has so much more riding on the outcome for Argyle.”

I’ve got a great deal of respect for Paul Tisdale and what he has achieved at Exeter. But Argyle are my first league club and mean a lot to me and.

I know it’s very tight at the bottom of League Two and they (Argyle) have only seven matches, including Exeter, to play. But I’m confident if they can continue to keep improving as they have done recently and pick up some more points, then it won’t matter what other sides do.

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