After a successful week which saw City take four points from six on the road, it’s the first Devon Derby of the season on Tuesday night in the JPT – coincidentally the home side’s 5000th match. Paul Tisdale shuffled his pack once again at Newport, although he was dealt a blow when Will Hoskins pulled up during the warm-up. Tisdale may consider a starting line-up akin to that which performed so well at Portsmouth last Tuesday as he looks to build on the cup success already achieved so far this season.
Having dispensed with the services of John Sheridan in the summer in favour of Derek Adams, it has been an encouraging start to the season for the Pilgrims and they hit the summit on Saturday with their win over Crawley combined with a defeat for Wycombe. Adams’ side hasn’t lost in a month so will be full of confidence for the visit of City. One key to their success so far has been their ability to find the net, with Jake Jervis already having scored seven goals in all competitions, ahead of Graham Carey with five. Adams will no doubt be aware that, just like last season, City have forged a reputation for bringing down the team at the top of the table having beaten both Leyton Orient and Portsmouth while they sat atop the table.
Given how the JPT is regionalised in the early rounds it’s perhaps not a surprise that this is already the third time the sides have met in the competition since City returned to the Football League. The first meeting in November 2010 saw City, on their first trip to Home Park in around a decade, emerge victorious thanks to goals in the first minute (Harley) and the last (Nardiello) sandwiching an equaliser from Chris Clark. The following season, with City now a division above their Devon rivals, the draw saw Plymouth visit the Park only to go down on penalties after a 1-1 draw (Dunne for City, Daley for Argyle).
A report of the first ever league meeting between the two clubs from 1908 http://www.exeweb.com/2015/02/18/match-report-exeter-v-plymouth-11-november-1908/