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Managerial mind games fuel tension ahead of first Devon derby in two years

Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe speaks to the media ahead of a Devon derby fixture against Exeter City. Credit: ITV News West Country

Managerial mind games have helped fuel the tension between Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City ahead of their first league meeting in nearly three years.

The two clubs are currently riding high in League Two - with the Grecians in sixth and the Pilgrims in eighth.

They will play against each other at Exeter’s St James Park on Saturday in what will be the first league Devon derby at the ground since December 2016.

Watch Ryan Lowe speak to the press ahead of this weekend's Devon derby:

But Argyle boss Ryan Lowe has claimed there is much less expectation placed upon his rivals, who he described as being “not like an Argyle” during a press conference on Thursday (October 25).

He and Grecians manager Matt Taylor used to play non-league football together in the same team and so know each other well.

We know the difference is if we win - we can overtake them and we know the difference if they win, they can claw away from us.

Matty’s done a terrific job but you know it’s a club that’s - without being disrespectful - not like an Argyle. You know what I mean? The expectations for us are massive, the expectations for them I wouldn’t have thought are too massive.

– Ryan Lowe, Plymouth Argyle manager

The last time the two sides met was in a Football League Trophy fixture in October 2017, which ended as a 2-2 draw.

Prior to that, the clubs played against each other in the league during the 2016/17 season - when Argyle did the double.

The Greens won 2-0 away at Exeter before a comfortable 3-0 win at Home Park just a couple of months later.