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Argyle want to explore the possibility of extending Jamille Matt's Home Park loan. The 6ft 4in Fleetwood Town forward's temporary spell with the Pilgrims is scheduled to expire after the Armed Services Day game at home to Wimbledon on April 9th. However, Derek Adams intends to talk with fellow Scot Steven Pressley, his counterpart at Highbury Stadium, after this Saturday's derby at Exeter to see if the Pilgrims can keep Jamille at Home Park for their League 2 run-in. "Fleetwood wanted it to be the 28 days to start with," said Adams. "We need to speak to Fleetwood and speak to Jamille and see if we can get that extended until the end of the season. That's something we will discuss after the weekend. He's scored goals; he's won a penalty; he's created chances; he's fitted in well to the team and the work-ethic of the squad."
Derek Adams will be taking the Pilgrims to St James' Park for the first time this weekend, and believes the prospect of the Devon derby should be relished. "To get six points over the Easter period has been very good," he said. "We are going into a derby match, which we will go and enjoy, and try to get the three points again. Both teams want to win the game. Derby matches are like that all over the world. We are very motivated to keep going and picking up the points that we need to put ourselves in a very good position." Asked what it would take for Argyle to win at St James' Park, the manager said: "We will need to continue playing the way we are doing. We are scoring goals and we have defended well, and in a derby match you will need to do that. Exeter have come off a good victory on Monday (2-0 away to Crawley Town) and it's a game where both sides will be looking to win." Argyle made it 10 away wins in League Two this season when they beat Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Good Friday. Exeter, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last seven matches, winning each of their last four away fixtures and drawing the other three at St James' Park. Adams added: "We have got a very good away record. We enjoy going away from home but in a derby match the formbook really goes out the window."
Next season's home kit, manufactured by Puma, has been announced. The shirt will be mainly green, with a thick white pinstripe on the front, and black trim. For the first time in 11 seasons, and only the fifth time in the Pilgrims' history, the home-strip shorts will also be green, again with a black trim, and the socks will match. Pictures of the strip can be see on the clubs website: www.pafc.co.uk/news/article/greener-greens-3032918.aspx
Derek Adams admitted that Argyle made it harder work than it should have been after the 3-2 victory at home to York City yesterday. The Pilgrims moved up to third position in League Two as they followed up their 2-0 win away to Morecambe on Good Friday. But, after building a 3-0 lead by half-time, Argyle faced a determined fightback from relegation-threatened York. Former Pilgrims' midfielder Luke Summerfield netted an 86th minute penalty to leave the Pilgrims with only a one-goal lead. But Argyle saw out the rest of the match to move above Bristol Rovers, who lost 3-2 away to Carlisle United. Adams said: "The game should have been finished at half-time. With the chances we created in the second half it should have been more. But we have given away a sloppy goal and then a penalty kick. It was our fault. We didn't capitalise on the chances we had and we didn't defend well enough at the times when we could have. You can credit York but I don't think that their good play undid us. It was entirely our fault."
On-loan Fleetwood Town striker Jamille Matt opened the scoring for Argyle in the 21st minute and then Reuben Reid doubled their lead from the penalty spot. When centre-back Will Boyle conceded an own goal shortly before half-time it looked all over for York. But midfielder Russell Penn's 59th minute strike gave City some encouragement and Summerfield's late spot kick set up a tense finale. Adams said: "We had the chances in the first half and in the second half to score more goals and we probably weren't ruthless enough. York pushed some bodies forward. They were getting beaten 3-0 and when you are in that situation you have got nothing to lose." However, the manager added: "The most important thing at this stage in the season is the three points and we have put ourselves in a very good position."
Jamille Matt has expressed some sympathy for League 2 defenders. After his second game in attack with Reuben Reid, Argyle's new loanee striker said he would not like to play against himself and Reuben if he were a defender. "We can both be handfuls," he said. "We can both do both sides of the game; running in behind and hold it up. It is good to know that when the ball comes up you have not always got to do the one thing and it keeps the defenders guessing as well so that is good for us and good for the team to know they can play the ball up and we will both try and get hold of it or both run in behind. For me, Reuben is easy to play with. If I make a move he will make the opposite move so it will be easy for me to play with him. Hopefully he thinks the same; hopefully we can keep building a partnership and keep scoring goals together."
Jamille said that he is happy with his decision to move to Argyle, and hopes he can continue to contribute to the Pilgrim promotion push. The 26-year-old did confess, however, that the move has not been easy. "It has been quite difficult, moving 300 miles from where I am used to," he said. "But I wanted to come out of my comfort zone, play games and be in a team that is looking to be promoted rather than just a middle of the road team. I'm happy I made that decision and hopefully I will be here for a long time. I will keep playing and do well for the team I just want to be around the lads, they have made me feel very welcome. If I can keep helping the team, then long may it continue."
Matt added: "In League 1 it seems to be more of a northern League, and League 2 is more of a southern League. Where Plymouth is, it is still quite a distance. Morecambe on Friday was a long journey which I was not used to. It brings us lads that much closer together because we spend a lot of time together. It is a good camaraderie between the lads and a good friendship and good fellowship between the lads. That is the good thing about having to travel that far. There is a great team spirit and hopefully that will lift us to get promotion."
Argyle returned to the top three in the division with a 3-2 win over York at home park. It was not plain sailing, though. After Argyle sauntered into a 3-0 half-time lead, York came back into it after the break to score twice and leave Argyle sweating. Jamille Matt opened the scoring for Argyle, with his strike partner Reuben Reid doubling the lead from the spot. When Will Boyle scored an own-goal, matters looked well dealt with. However, York hit back with a goal by Russell Penn followed late on by a Luke Summerfield penalty to give York a lifeline - but Argyle held on for all three points.
Argyle: McCormick, Forster, Nelson, Hartley, Sawyer, Jervis, Houghton (Tanner), McHugh, Carey (Wylde), Matt, Reid (Boateng). Substitutes (not used): Mellor, Simpson, Purrington, Dorel.
Derek Adams is delighted to have Hiram Boateng back at Home Park for the league run-in. The Crystal Palace midfielder began his second loan spell when he made a brief substitute appearance at Morecambe. Derek, who had been asked by the Premier League side’s coaching staff not to start Boateng, had been pursuing his return following a first loan spell which ended after the 2-0 win at home to Morecambe in October. Derek said: “I always said he was going to come back; a lot of people didn’t believe me, but he did eventually come back. With eight games to go, it seems like he hasn’t been away from the squad and that’s a good thing. It gives him a lift and it gives us a lift, as well.” Boateng’s return allows Adams, should he wish, to renew his previously dominant central midfield partnership with Carl McHugh, who made his comeback after injury at Morecambe, although the Pilgrims’ gaffer is determined that no single player should become bigger than the collective. “It’s important that we concern ourselves with the whole team,” he said. “It’s a team game and everybody is important. It’s good to have Hiram back in the squad and to have Carl McHugh coming back from injury.”
It was impossible to keep the smile off Carl McHugh’s face after his return to the Argyle midfield for Good Friday’s 2-0 win at Morecambe. The Irishman’s absence from the Pilgrims’ starting line-up for five matches was frustrating for player and fans alike, but he put that behind him with a typical influential performance at the Globe Arena. “It’s been a long four weeks – probably longer than I thought it was going to be,” said Carl, after the match, “but I’m delighted to be back in a winning side again. I’m happy to be helping the lads – that’s what was hurting me most when I wasn’t playing. I felt good and am just happy to get the win; it was a very good win away from home.”
Loan players Jordan Houghton and Jamille Matt scored the goals that gave Argyle a victory which sets up the Pilgrims of the visit of York City to Home Park on Easter Monday. Carl said: “Maybe, in the second half, we could have pushed and tried to get a few more goals, but a 2-0 win away from home, and a clean sheet, sets us up nicely going into Monday, which is another massive game. We just have to move on and go again.”
The win was Argyle’s 10th from 19 away league matches this season, with four more road-trips to come in the race for automatic promotion. “We’re going to have to do it again,” said Carl. “We have to try to win every game between now and the end of the season. It’s going to be a tight finish but we got back on track today and we just need to follow it up and make it six points over Easter on Monday.”
Like everyone at Home Park, Carl is delighted to have his old central defensive midfield partner, Hiram Boateng, back at Home Park for a second loan spell of the season which began when he came on as a substitute at the Globe Arena – for Carl. “It’s brilliant,” he said. “He was missed. He’s a big character around the place and brilliant player, obviously. You saw the options we had on the bench today – great options – and everyone’s going to play a massive part towards the end of the season. We have got a few injured players back and we look in good shape for the run-in; I’m looking forward to it.”
Derek Adams believes it was nonsensical to send Argyle to Morecambe on Good Friday. The Pilgrims were caught up in Bank Holiday traffic chaos that, at best, delayed some of the Green Army’s journey and, at worst, forced some to turn back after nearly nine hours on the road without making it to the match, despite a half-hour delay to kick-off. “There isn’t any sense in it,” said Derek. “We all know that the roads are going to be busy and I think we could all have played closer to home over this festive period. It would have made a lot of things easier. We have had a delay today because of the road conditions and that’s not helped anybody. The Football League will have to put it into their computer system. That’s something that somebody might be able to do before next year. Some fans haven’t been able to come here and witness an away victory and, for the ones who have been able to make the journey, it hasn’t been easy."
Commenting on the squad's journey, he continued, "“We left Plymouth at 12 o’clock and didn’t reach the hotel until 8.30pm, and today we had to leave the hotel early to try to get to the stadium. We have had a lot to overcome over the last 24 hours – the game was delayed, which didn’t help anybody’s preparation – but we’ve got through it. We were at the stadium two hours before the game and we had to wait a bit but I thought we started the game very well and we should have been two or three up within the first ten minutes.”
Argyle secured their first win in League Two matches away at Morecambe today, winning 2-0 against ten men. Jordan Houghton and Jamille Matt scored their first-ever Argyle goals since joining on loan last week, while Alex Kenyon was dismissed for the hosts after a two-footed tackle on Carl McHugh. Some supporters unfortunately failed to see any of the match. The traffic on the M6 was so heavy the kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes, though some never made it.
Argyle: McCormick, Threlkeld, Nelson, Hartley, Sawyer, Jervis, Houghton, McHugh (Boateng), Carey (Wylde), Matt (Tanner), Reid. Substitutes (not used): Mellor, Simpson, Purrington, Dorel.
Ahead of Argyle's Good Friday visit to Morecambe, Peter Hartley felt everyone outside Plymouth Argyle is worrying more than those in the dressing room. The Hartlepool-born centre-half said there have been no dramas or morale-boosting meetings needed behind the scenes to motivate the players. Although Argyle have just one win from their past seven outings in League Two, the former Sunderland trainee said the squad is not feeling any pressure within the camp, "It's a very good mentality. It's a winning mentality. The boys know what we need to do. Nothing's changed," he said. "People outside the club are more worried than people inside the club. Nothing's changed, everything's, mentally, under control.
He added: "We're in a good position. Everyone outside the club is worrying, but there's no pressure on us at all. If I turned around and said you're going to be fourth in the league, on the same points as third with nine games to, you'd snatch my hand off after what the club's been through.People are disappointed with the position we've been in to what we are now, but that doesn't concern us. If you get promoted, you're promoted regardless."
The Plymouth Herald report that any number of Football League clubs would have taken Crystal Palace midfielder Hiram Boateng on loan until the end of the season. In the end, though, and with less than 24 hours until the 5pm deadline on Thursday, Boateng's return to Argyle was confirmed – to much celebration among the Green Army. Derek Adams always held out hope that Boateng would return to Home Park after his very successful loan spell in the first three months of the season. Crucially, channels of communication remained open between Adams and Palace. Eventually, with injuries having cleared up at the south London club – former Pilgrims' midfielder Jason Puncheon being the latest one – the deal to bring Boateng back to Argyle was given the go-ahead. Two factors counted strongly in Argyle's favour; firstly, Palace saw how much Boateng improved from his previous loan spell with the Pilgrims and benefited from the style of football under Adams. Secondly, officials at the Premier League club were impressed with the way that Adams looked after Boateng – and centre-back Luke Croll, who also had a short loan spell from Palace before Christmas.
Argyle have re-signed Hiram Boateng. The 20-year-old signed a loan deal to return to Home Park until the end of the season. The Crystal Palace midfielder originally made 19 appearances in a loan spell earlier this season, making a huge impression on everyone at the club with some assured performances in the Pilgrims' engine room.
Argyle's youngsters moved up to second in Division 1 West of the Peninsula League with an impressive 3-0 win over Liskeard team at Lux Park. After good periods of possession leading scorer Louis Rooney opened the scoring on 28 minutes and then a second just past the hour before Josh Richards completed the scoring, with an absolute belter from distance with 15 minutes left.
Chief Executive Martyn Starnes admitted it is increasingly important for Plymouth Argyle to produce their own first team players of the future. The system where Football League clubs can make 'emergency loan' signings from September-November and February-March will be outlawed next season. So, unable to borrow players from elsewhere, there will be a fresh onus on clubs to rely on their home-developed talent. Starnes believes are Argyle in a strong position to do that and paid tribute to the work of academy manager Kevin Hodges and his staff:
"Kevin Hodges and his team of coaches do a remarkable job, sometimes under difficult circumstances. The EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) programme defined by the Premier League is extremely demanding and we appreciate all the hard work that is put in by the academy staff to consistently meet the standards. We currently have seven players that have progressed through our academy and are regularly in the first team squad of 18, which is an impressive ratio these days.
But this does not reflect the number of players that have been signed by Premier League and Championship clubs before they have completed their development.
With the emergency loan system disappearing next season, it will be increasingly important for us to continue with our youth development strategy and provide players for first team selection."
Figures recently released by the Football League show that Argyle have one of the best-performing academies in the country. Over the last six seasons, only one other club sharing the Argyle academy's category three ranking has developed more youngsters who have gone on to play first team football. The Pilgrims were ranked 14th out of the 72 clubs in the Football League during the same period.
Carl McHugh and Jordon Forster are both in contention for recalls to the starting line-up for the away game against Morecambe on Good Friday. The pair had only one training session after recovering from their respective calf and head injuries before they were included among the substitutes for the 1-0 defeat by Luton Town at Home Park last Saturday. Manager Derek Adams was keen to get them involved in the squad again ahead of the important Easter double-header.
Argyle finalised their line-up of apprentices for the 2016/17 season after three more of the club's u-16 squad accepted contract offers. The trio are centre-backs Elliot Crawford and Harry Downing, from Torpoint and Newquay respectively, plus midfielder Matt Ward from Torrington.
They will join Michael Cooper, Billy Craske, Harry Hodges, Luke Jephcott, Ryan Law and Cameron Sangster in the apprentice ranks from next season.
Kevin Hodges took encouragement despite another defeat for the club's u-18 side when they lost 2-0 away to Leyton Orient in Merit League One. There was an unfortunate early end to Tom Purrington's first start for Hodges' side. The younger brother of Ben Purrington suffered a head injury in the opening stages of the game and was taken off. A member of Argyle's u-16 squad, Purrington had previously made two substitute appearances in Merit League One. He was replaced against Orient by 15-year-old George Tucker, who was one of two debutants in an extremely young Pilgrims' side.
Argyle 'keeper Luke McCormick urged his team mates to write their name in the club's history books. Having seen the club's 1996 Wembley Play-Off Final squad at Home Park for the Luton game, McCormick said:
"This is the time. You want to be part of this squad for the run-in. You play in front of big crowds in important games – this is the chance to make a bit of history for the club.
These are the games you want to be part of. There are enough of us in the dressing-room that think like that and that we’ll start making it happen. We can’t catch a break at the moment. It feels like we are being ever so unlucky, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves – that’s one thing for sure – we can’t bury our heads in the sand.
We are going to need everyone, now, to stand up and be counted because the games are getting more and more important.
The fans turn out and follow us everywhere; they have been treated to some fantastic football and some good victories. I am sure they can’t understand why it has ground to a halt. We know, at the end of the day, they will be behind us; they will keep turning out, and – it’s only a matter of time – it will come together and they will be singing and shouting, and hopefully have smiles on their faces again. We have just got to remain together – that’s the biggest thing.”
Former Argyle manager Neil Warnock drove more than 320 miles, arriving at 11pm on Saturday night at the Duke of Cornwall hotel so he could attend the hugely successful 20th anniversary reunion of Argyle's Wembley-winning squad after Argyle's home match with Luton. The 67-year-old former Pilgrims' boss made the cross-country trip after leading Rotherham United to a 1-0 win at Ipswich Town to move a step closer to escaping relegation from the Championship.
In the Peninsula League Argyle moved up to third in the Division 1 West table with a 1-0 home victory against Porthleven. Matt Ward scored the winner midway through the second half on his Peninsula League debut to celebrate recently earning a full apprenticeship deal, having previously been an Academy u-16 player.
A lack of ruthlessness in front of goal is what Argyle manager Derek Adams saw as his side's only downfall in their 1-0 loss to Luton Town. The Hatters took all three points from their visit to Home Park, courtesy of a close-range effort from Jack Marriott after 27 minutes. Adams' side pushed heavily from that moment on for an equaliser, but drew a blank for a fourth time in 2016. "We played well for large spells; we controlled the game; but we didn't have that cutting edge," said Derek. "I think we had 66 attacks to their 23 today. From that point of view, we had more than double their attacks on goal; we just haven't been able to get the break. That's nothing to do with any team being better than us - they weren't better than us today. It was plainly obvious that we were the better side, but we weren't able to score that goal. Today we didn't deserve to lose the match, but we have done because we haven't been able to put the ball in the back of the net."
The boss was nevertheless satisfied with the performance levels of his side, who were in control of much of the game, but fell victim to conceding the first goal and being unable to break down a resolute Hatters side. "I thought we played very well today," said Adams. "I thought that our performance was of a good standard, and I'm disappointed to come away with a 1-0 loss. I thought that the amount of possession we had, the amount of attacks we had - we merited a goal today, but we didn't get the goal our play deserved. I thought in the first half we had good control of the match, and in the second half as well. From our point of view, performance-wise today I thought the way we handled the pressure was very good. The way we controlled large spells in the game, the way we passed the ball, it really told you that they didn't look under pressure. I think we're all disappointed that we haven't won today. We limited Luton to few opportunities on the day. We didn't do enough with a cutting edge to get the goal that our play deserved."
The result sees Argyle drop out of the automatic promotion places for the first time since September, but only on goal difference, and Derek is intent on looking up and forward, rather than back and behind. "It leaves us trying to catch the teams above us," said Adams, "and from our point of view, we feel today that performance-wise, it was a lot better than last week. We've got nine games to go, and we've known all along how many games we've got to go. We've failed to pick up the points I think that we probably deserved. But from our point of view we've got nine games to keep on pushing ahead. We're in a very good position and want to keep going forward."
It might have felt like it for some Argyle fans that saw the Pilgrims drop out of the promotion places for the first time in six months but Luke McCormick was there to put them right. “It’s not the end of the world,” said the he said, after Jack Marriott had given Luton Town a 1-0 win at Home Park. With the season rapidly reaching its conclusion, Luke knows the importance of focusing on the tasks ahead, rather than dwelling on what cannot be changed. “You looked at it before the game and thought that the next three games were a fantastic opportunity to chalk up a few points,” he said. “This one’s gone now. I’m sure we’ll talk about it and take whatever positives we can out of it, and then it’s on to the next two games. Every one is the biggest game of the season and I’m sure it will continue like that until the very last one against Hartlepool. We’ve got nine games to go. We’ve said, for quite a while now: ‘It’s up to us’. We can’t count on teams around us to do us any favours – that’s not necessarily going to happen – so we have just got to completely focus on what we do, keep doing the things that have brought us joy all season. We haven’t done anything differently; we haven’t changed anything. We have just got to keep pushing and keep driving on; keep believing that, come May 7, it will be enough to carry us through. It’s not for the lack of trying; we are working day in, day out, on the training-ground on the same things.”
Argyle had nearly three times as many attacks as Luton, who fashioned the only one that mattered midway through the first half. Luke said: “It seems to be the way it’s going for us at the moment: plenty of possession; we looked comfortable; Luton didn’t cause us any problems; and it was a bit of a scruffy goal on our part. The lad’s got in and he’s sort of scuffed it down by my side. I couldn’t get my leg out quick enough to kick it away and it’s squirmed in at the near post. Then you have got an uphill task; Luton sit in and you enjoy large spells of possession but we just can’t catch a break at the minute. We have just got to keep knuckling down, working away, and just believe that something will drop for us. Getting the first goal in this league seems to be absolutely imperative; it’s so important. I thought we still went about the job in a positive manner, despite being 1-0 down; we still looked to try to create. It just makes everything that much more difficult. That’s the way it is. We’ll go away from home and we’ll get a goal up and we’ll sit in and defend it and ask questions of the home team to come and break us down. It’s the nature of the game. That’s how important the first goal is.”
A solitary goal by Jack Marriott gave Luton three points in their quest to finish in the play-off positions - and in doing so put Argyle back among them for the first time since the end of September. Marriott's killer goal came just before the half-hour mark, as he took advantage of the space afforded him to slot past Luke McCormick. After their opener, Luton sat back, content with their lead, and defended it manfully - and successfully - throughout the afternoon. Argyle: McCormick, Threlkeld, Nelson, Hartley, Sawyer, Houghton (Jervis), Purrington, Tanner, Carey, Wylde (McHugh), Matt (Reid). Substitutes (not used): Simpson, Rooney, Forster, Dorel.
Derek Adams wants his players to exploit the speed in the side to inflict the maximum damage on tomorrow's visitors, Luton Town. "We've got a lot of good pace," he said. "Players like Gregg Wylde will terrify defenders and so will the likes of Craig Tanner and Jake Jervis on the other side. From our point of view, we've got to really use that pace and scare the opposition. It's a tough test - but all games in this division are."
Kelvin Mellor is suspended tomorrow following his dismissal against Accrington Stanley last weekend. Potential replacement Jordon Forster is still only a 'maybe' for the game following his jaw injury at Barnet and, along with calf-victim Carl McHugh, is working hard to be fit. "We've just got Forster and McHugh who are the two that could make it for Saturday," the manager said yesterday. "We'll see how they are today and tomorrow. Everybody else is fit. We're assessing Forster day by day at the moment and he's progressing well. We will see how he is for this weekend; if it's not this weekend then it'll be the following weekend."
New striker Jamille Matt has spoken of his eagerness to rise to the challenge of the final 10 games. "It's a massive club," he said. "I spoke to a few people about that and I was excited about the opportunity, because I know how big a club it is. That was the main reason, to be honest, and I want to be fighting for something as well. I'd rather be fighting for something than go to a team that is not able to achieve anything – that's a massive part of the reason that I'm here. I've been down here with Fleetwood in the past – it was pretty early in the season a couple of years ago – and it was a passionate place. It's a club that's going places, so that's something I want to be a part of. It always makes you feel better towards the end of the season to know that you're fighting for something; it keeps that motivation and fight in you."
After his first full week with his new team-mates, Matt has been impressed with the quality in the squad. "I've been training the last couple of days and I can see the quality there. If we can match that quality with the training we've been doing, we will be promoted," he said. "I can score goals. I've showed that in the past and there is no reason why I can't do that again. I've been in the situation with Fleetwood where we were going for promotion; I've experienced that in the past. It's a great feeling when you do get that promotion, so I just want to see if I can add goals for the team. I like to hold the ball up, and try to run in behind, bring others into play; then try to get in the box and get on the end of things. I've approached every game trying to be aggressive and trying to score goals."
A live audio stream of tomorrow's Fans' Forum, open to all Argyle supporters at 10.30am in the Green Taverners' Suite, will be broadcast for those unable to attend (www.pafc.co.uk/news/article/fans-forum-2995475.aspx). A full video of the event will be available on the club's YouTube Channel next week.
The club has announced that Earlybird season ticket prices for 2016-17 will not rise for existing members, even if promotion is achieved. For new members, Earlybird and later prices rise by 5% for standard season tickets if Argyle gain promotion, with the increase refunded for early purchasers if Argyle remain in League Two. As usual, significant discounts can be achieved by purchasing tickets in the Earlybird period, this year before April 18th.
Two more members of the Under-16 squad, Harry Hodges from Plymouth and Harry Downing from Newquay, have accepted apprenticeships for the 2016-17 season. They follow similar announcements last month for Michael Cooper, Billy Craske, Luke Jephcott, Ryan Law and Cameron Sangster.
Derek Adams does not beleive Argyle's current dip in form has influenced their morale, stating his faith in Argyle to bounce back soon: “The squad are high in spirits. That’s maybe something that people don’t understand, coming off a defeat on Saturday. But the players come in and work hard and want it. We go into the next game in a very good position with 10 games to go. We need to push forward now. From our point of view, the three points would have been massive, but we haven’t been able to get them, so we just have to get back on to next game. We have never, as a team, got ahead of ourselves and we have managed to stay level-headed. We spoke about it that since the start of the season. It was always going to be a tight league. At this moment in time, as the games dwindle away, the more wins you can pick up, the better opportunities you are going to have.”
Derek Adams has rued the penalty decision that saw Argyle's game at Accrington change on Saturday as 'soft'. He bemoaned the referee's decision, saying: "It looked a bit soft from my point of view. Kelvin is the wrong side of the man but Kee was off balance anyway. He was trying to get on the end of the ball with his head and Kelvin was there. There was no real nudge or push to make him fall to the ground. His momentum was taking him that way anyway. I think the referee was very quick to give a penalty and a sending-off."
Argyle have signed French goalkeeper and free agent Vincent Dorel on a contract of unspecified length after a short trial at Home Park. 23-year-old Dorrel has spent most of his time playing in France but has trained with Fleetwood earlier this season to gain match sharpness. He will wear the number 31 shirt at Argyle. Derek Adams stressed the need for competion in his squad, saying: "Vincent has been with us for the past week or so. He had been training at Fleetwood for a couple of months. I spoke to Fleetwood manager Steven Pressley about him and from now until the end of the season it's important that we have cover in all areas of the pitch. James Bittner is obviously goalkeeping coach and the number two as well, so it gives him a bit of competition."
Derek Adams was devastated with Argyle's loss to Accrington and described the manner in which we lost as 'sickening'. He criticised Argyle's performance, saying: “We are hugely disappointed in the manner we lost in the last ten minutes of the game. It was a sickening blow for everyone today. I couldn’t see Accrington getting that goal but they were given a penalty-kick and then they get a good ball into the box. We haven’t defended it well enough for probably the first time in the game, and they score. We didn’t play with the tempo we can do; we didn’t pass the ball well enough; we didn’t get the ball into good enough areas, as we did in the first half; and probably didn’t do the dirty side of the game well enough in the second half. It’s probably the worst performance we’ve had this season – and we shouldn’t have lost the match. Accrington Stanley really didn’t trouble us and we had total control of the game. To have our worst performance of the season today and not come away with a win after being 1-0 ahead is hugely disappointing. We dealt with what they had to throw at us – they played a lot of balls down the sides and we dealt with it. It’s a sore one to take because of the manner of the two goals. The game should have finished 1-0 to us – there is no doubt about it – but to give away a penalty-kick and then to lose a really poor goal right in stoppage-time...I don’t think we deserved that. There is no way Accrington Stanley were better than us – I can stand here and say that – but they’ve won 2-1 and that’s the nature of the game. It looked like something was going to give because that was the nature of the way it was going – the amount of fouls that were given. It just looked like they were going to get something.”
He was on the other hand though determined not to crack and that Argyle should dust themselves off and go again, he said: “Listen – we have got to pick ourselves up and go again. We have got ten games to go now and, from my point of view, it’s about picking up enough points to keep us in the position we’re in – it’s an incredible league, and it’s a difficult league. We have to keep focused and going. We have put ourselves in a fabulous position. We were in a terrific position at five minutes to go and we have lost the game. That shouldn’t have been allowed to slip. We have been in magnificent form but, today, we didn’t play with the cohesion that our fans deserved. We’re always looking over our shoulder – we do that all the time because we’re ahead of teams – we have been that way throughout the season. We have got ten games to go and we know how difficult a league it is but, to play the way we did today wasn’t good enough from our standards.”
Jordan Houghton was equally disappointed with the performance and result but said that (even though he has not been here for long) he knows his teammates are capable of better: “I’m obviously disappointed with the result today on my debut and disappointed with the performance, as well. Playing with the players for only a couple of days in training, I know we can do a lot better than that. Players have been really good, popping the ball about; good technical players. I think it’s a one-off. Hopefully, we can turn it round and go on a good run until the end of the season. We didn’t really put on any kind of performance; we didn’t pass the ball about. Accrington deserved it in the end. It’s very frustrating, how the goals came about – we didn’t hang on in the last little bit of the game. No-one wants to lose. It’s a dent to your pride; it’s disappointing; but there’s always another game.
“It was tough game to come straight into; it was a bit of a battle. Like I say, we didn’t really control the ball throughout the whole game, which was disappointing. So, it was a bit of a battle, having to do the dirty side of the game – lots of running, lots of trying to put my foot in. We couldn’t really get the ball down and play, which is where some of my quality would hopefully have come into play. Hopefully, next week, we can get the ball on the ground and play like we can. There’s a long way to go,” he said. “People are going to drop points still and we have got confidence in our ability in the squad that we can go up. I’m disappointed for the fans, who have come so far – and there were a lot of them who came. Hopefully we can work hard in training next week and turn it around in the next game. I’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest. I thought there’d be a handful and his dog. Thanks a lot to everyone who came – unfortunately, we couldn’t put on a good performance and get the three points. Like I said, we have got to turn it round.”
In spite of his general unhappiness about the game, Derek Adams spoke highly of his two new loanees and said he wanted to bring one more in before the end of the loan window, saying: “From my point of view, Jordan Houghton made a very good debut today – I thought he was composed on the ball, and Jamille came on for the last 20 minutes. It’s never easy, coming in to make your debuts, but I was happy with both of them. We need a wee bit of presence up font and Jamille gives us that, a wee bit of height and work-ethic; he gives us something different in the forward area. He’s a target man and sometimes we will have to play that way. He’s been involved with Fleetwood, so, fitness-wise, he’s fine. We need a wee bit of presence up front – height and work ethic - and Jamille gives us that. It gives us something different in the forward area. He's a target man and sometimes you have to play that way.”
Argyle have revealed their season-ticket prices for next season with variants dependent on what division the club will be in next season and whether existing members are renewing or not. Full details can be found on the club's official website.
Argyle have suffered a devastating 2-1 loss to Accrington Stanley in the most disappointing of circumstances. The greens went 1-0 up in the first half when Jake Jervis headed in a Graham Carey cross but Accrington levelled after Kelvin Mellor gave away a penalty and got himself sent off by denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. Accrington then got the winning goal in the third minute of time added on. Argyle's lead over fourth place is down to just 3 points. Argyle: McCormick, Mellor, Nelson, Hartley, Sawyer, Threlkeld, Houghton, Jervis(Tanner), Carey, Wylde(Simpson), Reid(Matt). Subs: Bittner, Bentley, Rooney, Nardiello.
Martyn Starnes has revealed plans to renovate the Home Park playing surface this summer following the obvious deterioration of Argyle's pitch throughout the season. Starnes said: "We will be going quite deep this summer to get rid of all the algae that has penetrated the pitch. When it gets wet it gets sticky so it has been quite difficult to contend with and the weather has been our biggest enemy this year. We will be certainly putting more Fibrelastic in the pitch during the close season. The amount of Fibrelastic in it has diminished which has been another problem so we have got plans to put that in.
"I'm sure come the start of next season we will see the pitch back in the state that we want it to be. We will be starting the renovation almost immediately after the season has finished and the pitch will be covered, obviously, for the Rod Stewart concert. There will probably be sheets on it for maybe four days. The sheets they use now for covering the pitch do allow the light in so there won't be any material damage to the pitch and it won't stop the growing process. What we will do after the concert is that it will get re-seeded again and we have then got about seven weeks before the first friendly at Home Park."
Tyler Harvey has joined National League South side Bath City on a 28-day loan where he will link up with former Argyle coach Gary Owers.
Gary Sawyer believes two of the best footballing sides in the division will do battle this weekend when Argyle travel to Accrington Stanley whilst praising the contest with Oxford last Saturday: “It was a good game to play in. I don't think that merits being a League 2 game really, with the football that was played in it and everything involved with it. I think we had good chances, they had good chances; either club could've won it, and I think a draw at the end of it was a fair result, based on the game.
“I think they're one of the better ones we've played down here, to be fair. I thought they had some very creative players, and it was a good game when we played them down here. It was a good game of football. Obviously you're hoping it's going to be the same up there, and the same result. It won't be a long ball game when we play them; it'll be a footballing game, which is good, and I think that suits us as well. I've played there a couple of times: a little hostile sort of ground. From seeing it on the television it looks like the pitch is in good condition, which is a big bonus. We're going up there with every intention of getting the three points. That's the only thing we're looking at, really, and I think that would be a massive help for the promotion push.”
Sawyer also spoke about the importance of the game and revealed that the yellow card amnesty comes into effect after this match meaning that he will avoid a 2 game ban if he simply avoids a yellow in this match. He explained however that he would not let it hamper his game: “I think from now until the end of the season. The next game we play will always be the biggest game of the season. You're in that stage now with 11 games from the end, and there is no bigger game than the next one now. They'll just get bigger until the end, until hopefully we get ourselves up there and over the line. Anywhere in the automatic places with games to go means it's in our hands, so it's up to us. Obviously there's a lot of twists and turns to be done now, but we've got to make sure we're above the others. This is the final, big push now. You can see the finish line from here.
“I think if I can get through this game, it's wiped off .Obviously the boys that have been quite close – like me and Carl McHugh – we've known it's been that for the whole time. I have to get through this one but you can't think of it – you just have to play your game. I didn't think about it against Oxford and I didn't get a card.”
Argyle have signed Fleetwood striker Jamille Matt on an emergency loan deal. Yhe 6ft 1in forward joins the Pilgrims from Sky Bet League 1 side Fleetwood Town and will wear the number 19 shirt during his time at the club.
Mansfield Town's Adi Yussuf has been banned for five matches and fined £700 after admitting he urinated in front of disabled Plymouth Argyle supporters in February. An Independent Regulatory Commission met yesterday and decided on the ban for Yussuf, who was also warned about his future conduct after admitting the allegations were true. The witnesses said Yussuf, a substitute at the time, had spoken with Louis Rooney and Ben Purrington before walking over to the disused piece of land.
Argyle have added to the squad with the loan signing of Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton until May 30th. The 20-year-old Londoner has already played against Argyle in the opening round of this season's Capital One Cup when he was on loan to League 1 Gillingham. Derek Adams said of his new signing: "Jordan's a central midfield player; right-sided, good on the ball; a good passer. He can score goals; create chances. He's 6ft and 20 years of age and looking to move his career on at Chelsea. It gives him the benefit of coming here and trying to get some first-team football. He will probably have looked at the likes of Boateng, Threlkeld and Tanner, who are younger players like himself, and have all come in and benefited from that. He's played for England at a number of age levels, right up to Under-20. To be in the system at Chelsea from a young age is obviously beneficial to him. This is just the next stage in his progression to try to make the Chelsea first-team one day."
Oscar Threlkeld has been nominated for February’s Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month Award. He started all four of Argyle’s games in the month, during which he celebrated his 22nd birthday and helped the Pilgrims keep three clean sheets as they went through February unbeaten. His manager Derek Adams said: “Oscar deserves the nomination,” he said. “He’s played very well since he’s come in here on loan and has been vital in some of the games this season where he’s played in midfield. He’s been a hard-worker; a good tackler; a good passer. He’s only 22 years of age, but it’s benefited him, coming out on loan. His confidence; his game-knowledge; his passing; his tackling - they’ve all improved. That’s because he’s had the amount of game-time that has allowed him to do that. If you look at Craig Tanner, himself, Hiram Boateng - they have all been able to come in and play a good number of minutes in our first-team. It can only benefit the player and their football club.”
Derek Adams had more positive news on the progress of loanee Jordon Forster following the recent news that he had only bruised his jaw and was expected back before the end of the month. Adams however said that the most recent prognosis was even better than that. He’ll be back well before then. He has been assessed and we are waiting on his recovery. We have got a programme that he’s working towards to get back to full fitness very soon.”
Curtis Nelson insisted there would be no feeling sorry for themselves following the injury crisis that saw Argyle battle on against Oxford with many players out of position and an apprentice on the bench. He said: “You could easily say we had a chance to feel sorry for ourselves and say ‘That’s it’ but I think we have done really well to dig out a point, and we worked hard to do that. Obviously, we were missing quite a few players and we can use that as an excuse, but it was a good point – nothing lost, nothing gained. For me, personally, it is not great, losing your partner-in-crime, but Gaz stepped in, and Ben Purrington, and both did brilliantly, so you have got to give a hand to both of them. We have shown that during the season, as well. There have been times when we’ve been behind, or the opposition have got an equaliser and we have shown character to come through; credit to the management team, the manager and the boys in the changing-room. It’s always difficult to see one of your team-mate’s injured but you have just got to wish them all the best for a speedy recovery. I’m gutted for all of them. Brunty’s looks quite a long injury which is really unfortunate because he was hitting form and scoring goals; he’s been doing really well. Obviously, Fozzie’s come in and done well, too. I think he’ll be back sooner, rather than later. We’ve shown today that people can come in and fill in; I have got to give credit to the manager and to the boys for having such a strong squad. It is not something we are going to necessarily worry about. It’s a shame, because you don’t want people injured, but hopefully we have one or two back next week against Accrington and we go again. It’s another big game. I think it’s important, as with every game, that we go to get three points.”
Martyn Starnes has confirmed previous reports that Argyle are searching hard to find more loan signings but that they must be the right type of player. Starnes said: "As soon as the Barnet game was over and we knew the extent of the injuries we had – and the chances of Carl McHugh playing on Saturday were diminishing – we were looking to bring a couple of players in. But it's a lot easier said than done. You have got to target the right players in the positions that you require Ideally, we need players with a little bit of experience because they need to go straight in. The lending club has got to be prepared to let them go, the player has got to want to come, the agent has got to want him to come, and we have got to get it at the right price. So there are a lot of variables there that have got to be considered and agreed before we can get players in. On Thursday and Friday, when we were doing this work, we just ran out of time really. Hopefully, we will get something dropping this week. It certainly gives you an advantage when you are competing with a club that's in the lower reaches of the division with nothing to go for necessarily to attract players here, without a doubt. But we are probably looking for a bit more quality than the teams in the lower half of the division. Derek is quite specific about not wanting to just bring in youngsters without the necessary experience. You can pick them up and they can be ready but it's a risk. I think it's really important we bring the right ones in."
Derek Adams was philosophical about Argyle's recent injury crisis and the injury to Peter Hartley during the game- saying that these are the kinds of things you just need to step up and deal with. He said: "We obviously had to change a number of times in the game because of injuries. Gary Sawyer's gone to centre-half and Ben Purrington to left back. Ben's making his first league start of this season, and played very well. He was very good. 19 years of age, and we had no problems putting him in there today. I thought he was excellent. Sawyer was outstanding when he went back there, and it was good to see. He's a good reader of the game, very experienced, and it was a good performance from him.
"He's a 16-year old and from my point of view he's a defender, and we needed a defender on the bench today. He's trained with the under-18s and played with them, but we needed a defender on the bench and he was the best option for us. It's very frustrating, but there's not much you can do with somebody smashing into a barrier or possibly doing a cruciate ligament," said Adams, "so not much you can do but get on with it and deal with it. That's what we do, and that's why we're managers - because we can deal with these circumstances - and that's why other people are not managers."
Adams also said that he was immensely proud of his players' efforts to draw the match in such testing circumstances giving particular reference to a goal-saving tackle in the second-half from Curtis Nelson when Oxford forward Danny Hylton was through on goal. He said: "I thought it was a very good football match to watch. Both sides tried to win the game It went end-to-end, and a number of times the ball hit the bar with chances from both sides. It was open, it was played by players who wanted to win the game. It was played in the right manner; there wasn't a lot of fouls in the match, and from my point of view it was good to see. I think Curtis showed a great recovery run. He's a great athlete and made a very good tackle. Two good goals from us: a great ball in from Jake Jervis and a fantastic header for Nelson, and Craig Tanner pops in the back post. Reuben Reid hits the bar as well, and there were a few scrambles in and around the penalty area. I think that's something that I've instilled in my players: after every defeat, you have to go again. It was a terrific performance from us. Oxford were bang at it, they were at full strength, and from our point of view we were depleted, but we showed how good a squad we've got. I think that in the first half, with the amount of chances of had, we could've won it. All in all, I'm a very proud manager tonight of my players," said Derek. "I said that to them in the dressing room, because of their fighting spirit to get a point today. I think you've got to be happy with a point. We were 2-1 down and were very depleted today. You've seen the bench that I had, and the injuries I've had since Tuesday night, so from that point of view I'm very proud of the players we had at our disposal today. From my point of view I think a draw was fair. It was a very good performance from us today, and we go onto the next game. We go into that game in good spirits and looking forward to it."
Nelson too gave his take on the tackle in a game which he played a dual role of scoring and preventing an near-certain Oxford goal. Nelson said, first of his goal and then on his tackle: “It came over the top of the guy in front of me’s head and it hit me! I watched the ball come in and ducked my head but I didn’t put much power on it. It came to me as a bit of surprise.
“He’s taken too much time. He’s given me a chance to get back in there; I don’t know why he slowed down. I think Luke has done well to stand him up and slow him down, it gave me chance. You have just got to time it perfectly; usually when he pulls his leg back to shoot, you have got a bit of space to nick in. It shows how quickly a football match can turn. It was a brilliant header from Craig. I did say to him, at half-time, ‘Make sure you’re on the back, sweeping up’ and he’s come in there and nicked a goal which probably should have been mine, because that’s my area. No, it doesn’t matter who put the ball across the line as long as it gets across. He’s come in and done well for us. It shows that, even though we are short on numbers, we have got good quality in the squad.”
Argyle's other scorer Craig Tanner gave his account of the goal and said that it was a point gained rather than two lost, saying: "It's definitely one point gained. With the amount of injuries we have had and getting back late after the Barnet game, I think it was very important not to drop the three points. I think it is one point gained. I think if we finish above Oxford then I think we will be promoted, so it is just between us; hopefully we keep pushing on against Accrington and open up as big of a gap as possible. We had a six pointer today and we have a six pointer next week. If you take a draw at Accrington, they are not gaining anything on us - a minimum of a draw and hopefully we nick the three points. I think promotion has always been in reach since the start of the season, when you see the squad we have got. We have always got to aim for promotion; we have got a good enough squad, and hopefully the injuries will come back and help boost morale as well. It was very surprising. I was unlucky with the one before, it came of my thigh, knee, shin and toe and I couldn't quite squeeze it in so it was nice to climb and head it into the corner, so it was good."
Argyle have drawn at home 2-2 with Oxford in the crunch promotion-contending match at Home Park. Argyle were restricted to 6 subs including academy player Jordan Bentley following an injury crisis at Home Park. Oxford twice drew ahead but Argyle levelled on each occasion with goals from Curtis Nelson and Craig Tanner. It was an unfortunate day for Peter Hartley who picked up a first half injury as well as scoring an own goal for Oxford's opener. Argyle: McCormick, Mellor, Nelson, Hartley(Tanner), Sawyer, Simpson, Purrington, Jervis, Carey, Wylde, Reid(Nardiello). Subs: Bittner, Bentley, Harvey, Rooney.
Derek Adams has high hopes for Argyle's 19-year-old utility player Ben Purrington and revealed that it is only the high performance levels of others that are keeping him out of the side. Adams said: "Ben Purrington is due an opportunity at some point because he has shown in training and when he did play against Exeter that he has got good potential. It's just about trying to get him into the team and where to get him into the team. I think he can play left-back, in the centre of midfield and on the left of a four as well. Ben is a 19-year-old with decent experience and a very good lad. He has found it difficult to get a game because of the quality of Gary Sawyer, the midfielders and Gregg Wylde, as well, in a wider area. It's nothing to do with the way he has been performing. It's just the performances of others. He's a talented boy and one that I have got high hopes for."
Jordon Forster was received to confirm that in spite of first fears, he had not broken his jaw following a sickening injury picked up following a collision with the advertising hoardings at Barnet on Tuesday night. He said: “I’ve had x-rays and CT scans carried out and thankfully there is no break with the jaw. There is extensive bruising around the jaw and the doctors said there is also slight bruising around the brain. It’s obviously something you have to be careful with but I should hopefully be back playing within four to six weeks. The doctor said that if I was to come back too early and get another knock then it could lead to serious consequences, so I need to take my time with it. I fell into the advertising board and my face took the full impact. But there is no break in the jaw as initially that is what everyone thought. If it had been broken then that would have been the season over.”
Derek Adams had a less positive report on Argyle's other injury concern Ryan Brunt, however. He gave a negative prognosis on the combative striker and went on to give the latest on his attempts to re-sign Hiram Boateng on loan for the rest of the season from Crystal Palace. Adams said: "He had a scan on Wednesday night and we are just waiting on the results for that. He will go to a see a consultant on Monday and find what out the extent of the injury is. The player thinks it's a cruciate injury so we will wait and see what the outcome of that is. He just went to kick the ball and his leg was caught underneath him. There is nothing you can do about that. I'm hopeful it's not a serious as he fears, but he has had an injury before like that in his right leg. The thing about them is that you do recover and sometimes the knee becomes stronger, but you are out for a longer period of time. Ryan has done very well. He has scored a lot of goals and worked hard for us. He's going to be a big miss.
"We are trying every day to get the right type of player into the squad. We have got a very core to the squad and the people coming in have got to change the dynamic of the team. We have got cover in those areas but if I feel the one that's coming in is good enough then we will. But I want to take in people that are going to change the team, if possible.
"I haven't heard anything back from Crystal Palace. He's in there as cover just now because they have got a number of injuries."
Adams is confident that Reuben Reid can rise to the challenge in the absence of Ryan Brunt due to injury. Adams said: "Reuben can undoubtedly score goals. He can lead the line, he can take the ball in and he's strong. He has got a very good idea of the game and, from my point of view, you don't score 20 goals two seasons in a row if you are a poor player."
Adams also focused on the positives of his own Argyle side rather than worrying about the opposition ahead of a difficult "It's not just another game. It's two teams that are in the automatic promotion places and vying to stay there. It's one we would like to win. Oxford played well in the first 25-30 and then in the second half we took over the game and were the better side. I don't really want to talk about Oxford. I want to talk about our strengths. We can cause them a lot of trouble with the attacking flair we have got. We have done particularly well by creating chances and scoring goals. The other night against Barnet we didn't take the chances when they came along. It's important for us now to take our chances. A win would be a very good result for us. It would obviously put us three points ahead of Oxford."
Argyle have announced they will go on a pre-season training trip to The Netherlands in July. Their itinerary will include one game against what the club have described as 'top Dutch opposition' although there are no further than details than that. The Pilgrims' squad will fly from Bristol to Amsterdam on Sunday, July 24 and return on Friday, July 29.
Derek Adams said that possession and chances counted for nothing at Barnet as Argyle went down 1-0 in spite of having what he believed was the better of the game at The Hive. Adams said: "I thought we dealt well with that. We were in control of the game. We tried to get the ball in the box: we've had ones across the area, we've put one past the post. I think we've had plenty of opportunities to score tonight, but we haven't had the person on the end of it to score. I thought we were in total control of the first half. We just needed that goal, and when you don't get that goal, it gives the opposition a wee bit of confidence."It was good play in the wide area from their point of view. He turned a couple of players and put it back into the penalty area. We should've dealt better with it, but they were always going to get an opportunity, that's football, but we didn't take enough of our opportunities in and around the 18-yard box. I didn't see that Barnet were going to cause us any trouble, but you'll always get an opportunity in the game. They were able to score with their opportunity. We've got Jake Jervis, Graham Carey, Reuben Reid and Craig Tanner all on the pitch that have scored a good number of goals for us. From my point of view, we should've scored a number of goals tonight, and we haven't done that. Very frustrating, with the amount of chances we created throughout the 90 minutes. We should've scored more goals than Barnet. We haven't done that, and that's hugely disappointing. It's a hard night, because we had a lot of the play tonight and we weren't able to score. That's the deeply frustrating thing. We've put some very good balls into the box from crosses, but we haven't had the person to put the ball in the back of the net. From our point of view, we've just got to get going again for Saturday."
Adams also gave updates on the progress of Jordon Forster and Ryan Brunt after horrific injuries picked up in the match at Barnet. He predicted both players would be out of the team for a long time, saying: "Ryan Brunt looks like he got a cruciate ligament injury. Jordon Forster looks like he's got a broken jaw. They are two players that we'll miss for the rest of the season, it looks like. From my point of view, that's hugely disappointing. The 17 minutes of injury time show you how serious the injuries were.
"From where I saw it, it looked like Jordon Forster slid off the end of the pitch and just hit the barrier full-on, at high speed. It was a really sickening injury. He's in hospital just now.
"Ryan Brunt is on crutches and he's had a knee brace as well, so we're going to miss the two of them. I think his leg caught underneath him. He knew right away that he had a problem, so it looks like it could be a cruciate. It's a big blow to lose two big players for us. When you've got 12 games to go in the season, you don't need to lose any more. We're tight enough as we are as a squad, and we don't need any more injuries."
Argyle suffered their first loss in over a month with a 1-0 defeat at Barnet, going down to a counter-attack goal in the second half. Argyle slip to 3rd following Oxford's win over York. The game was marred by serious injuries to Jordon Forster and Ryan Brunt. Argyle: McCormick, Forster(Mellor), Nelson, Hartley, Sawyer, Simpson, Threlkeld, Jervis(Nardiello), Carey, Brunt(Tanner), Reid. Subs: Bittner, Purrington, Rooney, Wylde.
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