Plymouth Argyle upbeat ahead of Devon Derby
PLYMOUTH Argyle are 'on a high' going into the Devon derby against Exeter City at St James' Park on Saturday, midfielder Luke Young has declared.
Young admitted the 2-0 victory over York City at Home Park last weekend had been a timely one for the Pilgrims.
Not only did it halt a run of nine games without a win in all competitions, it raised spirits at the club in advance of the Exeter clash.
Young, who returned from a shoulder injury to play against York, told Herald Sport: "We can go to Exeter, our local rivals, on a high and on the back of a good performance."
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Exeter will start the Devon derby as favourites, with them sitting in seventh position in League Two while Argyle are a lowly 20th.
The Grecians have won four and drawn one of their last six games, with the only defeat during that time coming when they lost 1-0 to Rotherham United on November 24.
City also boast one of the top scorers in the division in 15-goal Jamie Cureton.
All the statistics point to a home win for Exeter against on Saturday, but Young does not buy into that.
He said: "Anything can happen on derby day. I think everybody knows that.
"It's just a case of going out there and giving it your all. I think we have got the quality to go to Exeter and get a result."
Young, 19, was an unused substitute the last time Argyle travelled to St James' Park.
That was for a Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round tie in August 2011, when Exeter won 3-0 on penalties after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Young has hailed the impact made by midfielder Mark Molesley since he arrived on loan from Bournemouth last month.
Molesley, 30, has started three games for Argyle and impressed in all of them.
His loan period covers two more matches – the Devon derby against Exeter and the trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday, December 22.
Young said: "I think he (Molesley) has given us something a little bit different in midfield.
"He does like to drive at the defence and it just opens up more space for other players to make their runs.
"It's always nice to have a different variety and, to be fair to him, he has come in and done really well."