Plymouth Argyle: 'We can't get sucked into pressure of Devon derby'
MARK MOLESLEY has only been at Argyle for three weeks but already knows about the importance of the Devon derby against Exeter at St James' Park tomorrow.
The on-loan Bournemouth midfielder has met several Pilgrims' supporters who have made it clear to him there is an intense rivalry between the two clubs.
Molesley told Herald Sport: "I have been told by lots of people – fans and players – how big this game and I'm excited at the prospect of it.
"It's a bit of added spice and a bit of added pressure, but it's the same for both teams. A win (against Exeter) really would lift the spirits at the place and then we could look to build on that.
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"We can't get sucked into the pressure of this game. We just need to concentrate on what we need to do.
"It's going to be a sell-out and everyone is very excited about the game all the way through the club, so it's up to us as players to go out there and put on a performance."
Molesley completed a one-month move to Argyle on November 22, which was the Football League's deadline for 'emergency loan' signings.
The midfielder made his debut in the 1-0 defeat by Chesterfield at Home Park 48 hours later.
Molesley then put in a man-of-the-match performance when the Pilgrims lost to Oxford United on penalties in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
He also impressed in the 2-0 home win against York City in League Two last Saturday, and has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Argyle.
Molesley said: "I have been made to feel very welcome. It's such a friendly club. I have had family come down to watch and they have been well looked after.
"The pitch is lovely and the fans are great. I knew it was a big club but you just don't realise how big it is until you come here."
Argyle's victory over York was their first win in 10 matches, in all competitions, since they beat Rochdale 3-1 at Home Park on October 20.
Molesley admitted it had been important to stop the rot and pick up maximum points against York.
He said: "I have played three games now and in the first two I thought we did enough to win them but hadn't.
"Unfortunately, that seems to be the story of the season from speaking to a lot of the players, but we had a clean sheet, two goals and three points last Saturday.
"With a win against Exeter, all of a sudden the whole picture changes."
Argyle have a fully-fit squad for the trip to Exeter, with the one exception of midfielder Paul Wotton, who is close to recovering from a back operation.
Left-back Robbie Williams has returned to training after a stomach muscle injury and Fletcher said: "He starts to come back into the thinking."
Williams has not played for Argyle since the 2-1 home League Two defeat by AFC Wimbledon on October 6.
Fletcher said: "Apart from Wots, we have got a full squad to choose from, which is great."
Right-back Durrell Berry is available after serving a one-match suspension against York, which leaves Fletcher with a Devon derby selection dilemma.
The Pilgrims' boss will almost certainly recall Berry, who has been one of the team's most consistent players this season.
That will mean, however, Fletcher will have to leave out one of Maxime Blanchard, Curtis Nelson or Darren Purse.
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