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Exeter City's Jimmy Keohane hoping his recent cameos are deserving of a Devon derby start

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

Exeter City midfielder Jimmy Keohane is desperate the start against Plymouth Argyle tomorrow. Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

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Jimmy Keohane hopes his recent performances will be enough to give him the chance to start tomorrow's Devon derby with Plymouth Argyle.

The Exeter City midfielder started last weekend's excellent 3-2 win at Rochdale due to a suspension incurred by Scot Bennett and an injury to Tommy Doherty.

It was certainly a bold move by manager Paul Tisdale to start the attack-minded Irishman, who did not disappoint in the Grecians' thrilling win, despite filling the void of two more defence-minded players. But with Bennett back from suspension and Doherty also fit for action, the former Bristol City man knows that a first team shirt is not guaranteed for tomorrow's encounter.

"I would certainly like to be involved in it," Keohane said. "It's a big game, but we are looking to treat it like any other game really and do what we have been doing, keep doing the right things and hopefully we can get a result. It's a derby game, so it will be quite physical. As I say, we want to treat it like any other game and get the three points."

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Keohane has shown glimpses of promise this season, but his last outing on home soil was not one to remember for him. It came against Rotherham United where he came on as a substitute for Doherty, who picked up an injury. But just 30 minutes later, the substitute was substituted as the Grecians looked to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

"No, it's not nice, but if it's for the good of the team, then you just have to deal with it really," he said. "You are always going to have little set backs – not that this was a big set back for me because it was a tactical change. It was a learning experience for me.

"The manager made the change, I just had to get on with it and keep doing what I was doing. You can't let your head drop, you just have to keep going and keep working hard because you will always get another chance at this club."

Chances are something which have been more frequent for the 21-year-old, who made his Grecians debut in the Carling Cup clash with Liverpool last season. He went on to make six appearances in 2011-12 and he has already doubled that this term.

"I am happy with how it is going," he said, before immediately turning his trail of thought to the team. "We just have to keep going and try and nail down a spot in the team. Hopefully I will impress enough to be considered for the game on Saturday.

"We certainly need to improve our home form if we are going to be there or thereabouts. If we can get the fans behind us and the team start to do well, then I certainly think we can climb a few places in the table.

"If we start well then I think we get the crowd onside and that will certainly give the players a boost throughout the game and keep us going for the 90 minutes."

Keohane is another of the Exeter players to have signed up to the Supporter's Trust in recent weeks. He joined along with team-mates Matt Oakley, Alan Gow, Danny Coles and Liam Sercombe

"I think it's great that the club is owned by the fans and that the fans have a say. It is not exactly expensive, is it? It helps out the club as well, so I had no problem in signing up," he said.

"I think it's important to get involved because it is unique that the club is owned by the fans. I don't think it does any harm for a player to sign up to the Trust because I'm sure the fans appreciate it as well."

Supporters wanting to attend today's derby are reminded that the sale of tickets will stop this afternoon. Tickets are still available, but anyone wanting to buy one must be a known supporter and on the club's database.

If you are not a known supporter, but still want to buy one, simply take photographic identification with you.

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