DEVON DERBY COUNTDOWN: Torquay United's Ian Morris makes plans
Ian Morris is hoping for a longer taste of Devon derby action this weekend, when Torquay United tackle Plymouth Argyle at Plainmoor.
The Irish winger was suspended when the Gulls won 2-1 at Home Park in January and he played just 15 minutes of the 3-1 npower League Two win at Plainmoor earlier in the season.
The former Scunthorpe United man was returning from injury at the time and now, after notching his first goal of this campaign in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Port Vale, Morris is keen to put the Pilgrims to the sword.
“Last season I was suspended for the game down there, which was disappointing,” he said. “I was coming back from injury for the game at home, but you can hear from the atmosphere and from people talking about the game that it is huge, and I will be looking to make my mark on the game. Hopefully we can come out of it with a win.
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“It’s huge and everyone will be well up for the derby games. We showed against Exeter in pre-season that we are more than capable of doing them [City] as well.”
The Gulls and the Grecians drew 3-3 in an entertaining pre-season encounter at St James’ Park, but it is not until December that the two sides will meet in League Two.
Torquay’s two wins against the Pilgrims last season made it the first time they had done the double over their neighbours since 1970-71 and, with United going into tomorrow’s home game as favourites, few would bet against them making it three in a row.
“There is a lot at stake, especially with derbies. The fans look forward to them more than any other games in the season, but I don’t think we can get drawn into that,” Morris said.
“We’re looking to kick on and we just have to make sure we play as we have played in the other four League games so far and, if we can play our own game, I have no doubt that we will come out with a win.
“The fans will be looking for us to win and make it three on the bounce against them, but we can’t be getting that into our heads. I think, with what we have in the squad, we’re more than capable of winning the game, and I think that is what the outcome will be on Saturday evening.”
So far this season, Torquay have won one and drawn three of their four League games. That has been achieved despite a number of injuries, which made the 1-1 draw at Port Vale all the more remarkable as United were without eight first-team regulars in Staffordshire.
“We are quietly confident of our prospects for this season and, hopefully, we can go one better than we did last year,” Morris added. “It was a really good result when you consider how many players we had out. The young lads that came in were superb, they have really stepped up when we have needed them to.
“We’ve had three draws and one win, so we are unbeaten. But then, when you look at those draws, you think that those lost points could be crucial come the end of the season because we are looking to go up again this year.
“We are playing good football, which is a good thing and I think the wins will come – so long as we keep playing the way we are.”