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Also included on the three most recent days, facts from Argyle's history.
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1966: Steve Castle was born in Ilford, so 55 today. Maybe Peter Shilton's most popular capture, "Super Stevie Castle" made 114 appearances in Argyle's midfield between 1992 and 1995, scoring a remarkable 38 goals.
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1963: On a tour of Poland, Warsaw Legia 2 Argyle 1, in front 100,000 spectators! True, Argyle were not the main attraction. The match coincided with an international cycle race and was held up three times as the cyclists entered the stadium.
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1994: Adrian Burrows was shown a red card for the first time in 15-year career, in what turned out to be his final professional appearance: a 0-0 draw in the play-off semi-final first leg at Burnley.
1996: The most dramatic night ever at Home Park? The Third Division (Tier 4) play-off semi-final: Argyle 3 Colchester 1. Just 5 minutes to go ... was it a bird, was it a plane? No, a flying Paul Williams to head the Pilgrims to Wembley.
2016: Peter Hartley became an instant Argyle legend by heading a 92nd minute Devonport End winner from a Graham Carey corner to clinch a trip to Wembley for the Green Army. In the League Two Play-off Semi-final, Argyle beat Portmouth 1-0 on the day and 3-2 on aggregate.
Argyle have announced they will overhaul their floodlight system this summer as the club prepare to welcome fans back to Home Park. Argyle's Head of Facilities and Supporter Services, John Spreadbridge explained: "We are aware that our floodlights are not of the standard required to match the ambition of the football club, and that our lux level were not sufficient. The Board agreed that it would be most efficient to invest in new infrastructure to bring the stadium's lux levels to Championship standard, with the potential to adapt to Premier League with small adjustments."
Argyle's retained list was announced shortly after the culmination of the season, with all bar 5 of the out of contract players released. Promotion winners Will Aimson, Scott Wootton and Byron Moore are the most noteworthy departures. Jack Ruddy, Ben Reeves, Lewis MacLeod, Frank Nouble, Jarvis Cleal, Rubin Wilson and Klaidi Lolos will also be leaving as Gary Sawyer and Luke McCormick step into other roles. Joe Edwards, Conor Grant, Danny Mayor, Ollie Tomlinson and Ryan Law have been offered the chance to stay with Argyle. Ryan Lowe said, after the Gillingham loss, of the need for a summer of regenerating: "We did more than enough not to lose it; we did more than enough to score. I thought we were fantastic, I thought we played some good stuff, we had some good chances. There were some good spells. We didn't track a man for their first goal, which was disappointing, but I thought our lads dealt with Gillingham's physical presence quite well. We had the youth team lads to give them some minutes. We knew what the game was going to be, it was a test for a lot of them lads. I thought Ollie Tomlinson was different class, Lawsy, again, and we got Finley Craske on the pitch as well. People will move on, people will stay. They all know now; they've all had their discussions. They've tried all season. Not one day throughout the season have any of my players, especially in training, not given their all. We've had some ups and downs, but I've said the challenge next season is to get better again, and that's certainly what it'll be.
"We thank the players for all their hard work and their efforts but for me to take Plymouth Argyle to the next level, we need people who can do their jobs. We know where we're at, we know what we've got to spend, we'll go and spend it wisely. It'll be a busy six weeks from now until we're back in pre-season bringing in a group of players, forming a squad that we feel is capable of being in a higher position in the league. Next season is going to be massive for us. We'll make sure we recruit the right people to wear the Argyle badge with pride because that is what I want next season."
"We need the fans, we want them, we've missed them. Fair play to a lot of football clubs up and down the country because they've kept going. We've been through a terrible pandemic and football has survived and football clubs are hopefully still surviving as well, and long may that continue."
Joe Edwards reflected on the reaction to Kelland Watts' nasty injury and of Argyle's season as a whole, expressing mixed feelings about the 18th place finish. Edwards said: "It's not a nice situation when you see your teammate lying on the floor like that. We hope he's okay, we're hearing positive things from the hospital – our main focus is that he's okay and he recovers fully. It's a tough situation, you realise that footy's insignificant when things like that happen. I thought we dealt with it really well. We had a young team starting anyway, and you look on the bench and it's even younger. We didn't have a lot of options, Tyrese filled in brilliantly, and Ollie next to him was fantastic. I said to Ollie 'you're now the main man in centre-half', and he was fantastic. I thought he was brilliant the whole game and dealt with their threat really well – it was probably a nice challenge for him. We stayed in League One, which is the goal, and what we set out to achieve. We wanted to do better than we did. You have to look and reflect, we now have the summer to do so. There were ups and downs, probably more so in this season than any other with the challenges that we've faced, but there's always stuff you can do better. At the end of the day, we stayed in this league. We've had a lot of young lads coming through from the Academy which is fantastic. We're still learning, we've been a learning group the whole year. It's one of them, you always want to do better, and we'll work on that. It has been a very intense few months, so it'll be nice to just come away and relax a little bit, as much as you can relax with twins at home! It will be fantastic to spend some time with the family and come back fresh and raring to go."
Argyle ended the season in a flat fashion with a dull 1-0 loss at Gillingham. Kelland Watts had to be stretchered off injured after a collision in the first 30 seconds of the game and the hosts scored shortly after the restart. Luke McCormick came on for his 350th and likely final appearance for Argyle whilst Ollie Tomlinson made his first start. Argyle: M Cooper (McCormick), Edwards, Tomlinson, Watts(Moore (Jephcott)), Law, Fornah, Reeves, Camara, Mayor(Craske), Hardie, Ennis (Lolos). Subs: Pursall, Mitchell.
Argyle have announced plans for their 2021/22 season tickets, in the hope that stadiums will finally be back to full capacity. Full details can be found on the club's official site but Argyle's flagship pledge is a 20% discount to all renewing supporters. CEO Andrew Parkinson said: "On behalf of everyone at the club, I cannot express enough how grateful we are to the Green Army for their support during the coronavirus pandemic. Our ticketing offer reflects our gratitude to our loyal supporters, who have gone above and beyond to ensure that the club is in the strongest possible position for when fans return. We are extremely hopeful that such an occasion is not far away. By offering a 20% discount to our renewing supporters, we recognise their commitment to the club, while striking a balance with our long-term aim of becoming a financially sustainable Championship-level outfit. For 21/22, we have introduced our Pandemic Promise, meaning that supporters can be confident they will not be disadvantaged by committing their support to the club."
Argyle legend and club captain Gary Sawyer has retired from football following an injury sustained in the Checkatrade Trophy from which he was never quite able to recover. Sawyer will take up a new non-playing role at Home Park as a club ambassador, which includes elements of coaching in the Pilgrims' new-look and ambitious Academy set-up, outreach work with the Argyle Community Trust, and specific club duties both on matchdays and throughout the week. He said of the decision: "I had got to a point in my career where I just wanted to be back in Plymouth – I'd felt it for years before, but it was really serious that I wanted to do that. I know, like anyone in football, if you sit there and wait for things to happen, they never seem to happen. It was something that I wanted to do for my career. The gaffer, Andrew Parkinson and Neil Dewsnip spoke to me and saw where my head was lying with it. I'd always said that it would be perfect to roll from playing football to working at the football club – I feel like I have a lot to offer the football club having been through every rung of it. It was something that I was really interested in, and that's what makes having to retire easier – it gives me a new focus, new drive, and I get to work for the club I've supported and played for. I'll go into an ambassador role for the club, that will be really interesting – it keeps me around the boys and the fans. I like being involved in those sorts of things, and I always felt that would be the ideal job for me – knowing what the club means to people, it means the same to me. When we played Newport on that Monday, the whistle blows and everyone comes running on the pitch – it's just this amazing feeling. I've never felt anything like that – all the sacrifices to get to that point, it just makes everything worth it. That would be the biggest stand-out moment for me."
"In an ideal world, I would've loved us to have got promoted and played my last game in front of everyone in the stand. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work like that. This isn't the way I'd want to do it – especially with no fans in the ground and I can't say goodbye, but I have to look forward, being given the opportunity to work in the club. The fans are the reason I wanted to sign back at the football club. We're so well supported and it's such a great place to be. Fans have always been amazing with me, on and off the pitch. I could never ask for more from them, and I'll miss having that. I've had an amazing and long career. I'm 36 in July. I haven't left anything out there – I've tried to achieve everything I could achieve. It's hard when someone tells you that you can't do your dream job anymore. I'm gutted, it does hurt, but it's important I make the right decision."
Ryan Lowe bemoaned Argyle's lack of cutting edge in the loss to Sunderland, bemoaning it as 'tough to take'. He also explained his decision to bring Luke McCormick off the bench late in the game. Lowe outlined: I felt we were always in the game – first half was 50/50, they had a few more shots than us, but well in it. We felt that, at 1-1, we worked our way into it. I thought their goal could be avoided, and I thought when we got back in the game we looked like we could go on again. The effort was there, certainly, we made some good runs off the back of them, in the second half I thought Danny was coming down the left quite positive – but ultimately when you go down to ten men it's hard, isn't it, and then the ref gives a dubious penalty, which is tough to take. When you go down to 10 men against a team like Sunderland you're always going to struggle a little bit, but I felt we held our own with two banks of four and one striker. To be done by a dubious decision, which seems to be outside the box, gives them the momentum. You're always going to find it difficult to come back from 2-1 with 10 men. We've been done by a couple of decisions."
"Luke probably won't have the opportunity to play many more games for Argyle. He's on 349 appearances, and I want to make sure he gets 350 and bows out with another appearance because he deserves it. It's been planned for weeks.
"Young Ollie's been thrown in at the deep end and I felt he held his own. I'm pleased for the boy, he won a fair few headers and passed the ball nicely. He's still got a long way to go, he's only a youngster, but it was a proud moment for him and one he should relish. It was always in our thoughts to give him some minutes.
"Sam Woods has gone back, he's going to be out for a few weeks with his hamstring, so he's gone back to Crystal Palace. We thank Sam for his efforts while he was here. Adam Lewis has gone back to Liverpool because his ankle ligaments have swollen right up – we thank Adam for his efforts too."
Conor Grant also felt the red card was the deciding factor in the game, adding: "I thought in spells we played well, but ultimately I think the sending off killed us a little bit. A bit of a dubious penalty decision, in my opinion - I think the contact was just outside the box from what I could see. In the end it was the third goal and the counterattack, even after we gave everything. Once we went down to 10 men it was about staying in good shape, limiting their attacks and limiting their creativeness. I thought we did that quite well, and then you're undone by the penalty decision, it upsets you. It's kind of summed our season up. Again, there's a lot of frustration, we got ourselves back in a decent position at 1-1 and the result went against us again. We're so hit and miss at the minute, and obviously we're frustrated for the fans because they expect more."
Argyle's home campaign ended with a loss, 3-1 at home to play off chasing Sunderland. The game was even for much of it with Joe Edwards cancelling out a Mackems opener in the second half. At this point however, the game turned with Jerome Opoku getting a second yellow card and Argyle reduced to ten. Sunderland went 2-1 up courtesy of a questionable penalty and added their third after stalwart keeper Luke McCormick was bought on to replace Mike Cooper. Youngster Ollie Tomlinson came off the bench to make his debut for the greens. Argyle. M Cooper (McCormick), Edwards, Opoku, Watts, Law, Fornah, Grant, Camara (Reeves), Hardie (Lolos), Ennis (Tomlinson). Subs: Craske, Moore, Jephcott.
Argyle have announced that Joe Edwards is the winner of the player of the season for the 2019/20 season. The stand-in captain had an excellent year with 8 goals to date topping off a consistent level of performance. Mike Cooper came second and Conor Grant in third. Cooper himself won the young player award outright with top scorer Luke Jephcott second and loanee Kelland Watts in third.
Cooper celebrated his award by signing a three year contract, taking his deal up to the summer of 2024. The young keeper said of his breakthrough season: "I got pulled to the side about a month or two ago and the manager said we want to give you a new deal – to which I said '100%, love that'. I'm really excited, really happy to pen another three years with my club. I'm a bit taken aback by it, to be fair, I just want to say thanks to everyone who has voted for me, the support has been much appreciated this season. I am just really grateful to receive the award. It means a lot, coming into my first full season, having all the backing that I've had has been a massive help for my confidence, and probably exceeded a few of my expectations, to be fair. All in all, I'm really happy with how my year's gone personally, and I hope to take it into next year."
Argyle have announced plans to launch a new digital offering for supporters, including a modernised official club website, mobile app, and streaming service. They will be moving away from their current partner, ifollow, as of next season.
Despite Argyle's loss to Oxford, results elsewhere confirmed beyond mathematical doubt that Argyle will play in League One next season. Despite some frustrating spells, Ryan Lowe expressed his happiness at getting the job done. The manager said: "We're mathematically safe in this division for next season, which was always the aim, with two games to go. I'd have bitten your hand off for that at the start of the season. We had a false start, we probably gave the fans false hope, and probably gave myself false hope, because we were up there, and you're thinking 'go on, you can kick on.' That weren't to be, the case was for us to go and get as many points as we possibly can that kept us in the division, and we've got that. I want to finish higher than where we are now. We were undone in early doors by an own-goal from Joe, and our goal was a great finish. In the first half, we had some moments, we caused them a few problems but we just didn't have that clinical edge. I thought the lads gave us a reaction, it was what we wanted, they played some good stuff. On 70 minutes when we've got it back to 1-1, I'm thinking 'carry on doing the same thing', and then from a throw-in we don't track runners."
"We've been saying the same things a lot of the season. Without being too critical of certain individuals, we know where we need to improve. The recruitment has started a long time ago for that next season, we are on with it, we do need to find a solution – we can't concede as many goals as we have conceded. Neil Dewsnip, Andrew Parkinson, Zac Newton, the Board and me and my staff are talking about recruitment, and now we know where we are, what league we're going to be in, we can push forward with it and make sure we recruit better."
"What we can do now is give the lads a bit more of a positive mindset, what we can say is what a game to come into – Sunderland at home. I want to make sure that we put on a show, because some lads we're never going to see again. We want to go out with a bit of a bang, we've had two losses on the bounce, we want to pick up straight away and go out with two wins on the bounce, if we possibly can."
Ryan Law had a baptism of fire in the Argyle side with two losses but his individual performances were praised by his manager. Law himself said: "I went to Chippenham just before Christmas, I did well there but obviously COVID cancelled that season. I came back to Argyle, but wasn't really playing, just in the stands for some of the games, and on the bench for a couple. I went to Torquay, and played pretty much every game there. I will keep an eye on Torquay's results and I am hoping that they can get promoted, and obviously Adam Randell is doing well there too. But I am focused on trying to do as well as I can in the remaining games of the season at Argyle. It's my third year as a pro, and I'm happy to have the chance, and I just want to keep in the team and keep playing. There's two games left, and hopefully I can start both of them. I've been playing with Coops since I was like, eight, and Luke from when I was 15, maybe? It's easier playing with those because I've been playing with them for years."
Argyle fell to another defeat, going down 3-1 at in form Oxford. It was a better performance with only an unfortunate own goal by Joe Edwards seeing the hosts take the lead. Argyle equalised after half-time via Niall Ennis but two home goals saw the yellow continue their play off push. Argyle: M Cooper, Edwards, Woods(Watts), Opoku, Law, Moore(Lolos), Fornah(Reeves), Camara, Mayor, Ennis, Jephcott(Hardie). Subs: McCormick, Tomlinson, MacLeod.
Ryan Lowe blasted the lack of pride shown by his side in their 0-6 mauling to Charlton Athletic. Lowe complained that there was no excuse for a lack of desire from his players. Lowe raged: "I'll front it up, I'm the manager of this football club that I'm proud to manage. There were a lot of players in there that weren't proud to wear the shirt, and I'll make sure I do something about it. I'll take the responsibility, albeit it they need to look at themselves. It just epitomises what we need to go forward, and that's men and people with desire. We dominated possession but we didn't have the desire to keep the ball out the back of the net, and we didn't have desire to score, so how are we going to win a game of football? I've got to give Charlton a bit of credit, they've scored six goals, but the fact of the matter is that my players didn't show pride, passion or desire, which is what I'm all about, so I can only apologise.
"It's tough but we have to keep working hard and try to put it right, because we've got another tough game at Oxford on Saturday, then Sunderland and Gillingham, and I want to see a reaction quickly. We can't just roll over for team and that's certainly what they've done in the end, they've rolled over, without a fight. I'm absolutely distraught deep down, but all I can do is make sure I do my best with this group to put it right. We have to keep stamping it down on them, what they need to do, to not only represent Plymouth Argyle but to represent me and to do the stuff that we ask them to do."
"I feel for Ryan Law, he was outstanding on Tuesday night; his first professional debut in League One. I'm gutted for the kid, I just said to him in the dressing room 'well played', because he was fantastic, and if I can get another ten players like him, then that's what I want. He gave everything out there tonight."
Argyle suffered an embarrassing 0-6 loss at home to Charlton Atheltic, featuring former Pilgrim Ben Purrington. A fairly even first half in which Argyle were trailing by one, saw the deficit doubled on the stroke of half-time. After the interval, things became truly chaotic. An own goal from Kelland Watts and a series of defensive gaffes saw Argyle go five down shortly after the break. Salt was well and truly rubbed into the wounds with a minute of normal time to go as Charlton made it six. It was a full league debut to forget for wing back Ryan Law, albeit his personal performance was far from inadequate. Subs: M Cooper, Aimson(Moore), Woods, Watts, MacLeod (Reeves), Edwards, Camara, Mayor, Law, Hardie (Ennis), Jephcott. Subs: McCormick, Opoku, Fornah, Lewis.
Despite conceding a last-minute equaliser in their Sky Bet League One draw at Burton Albion, Argyle manager Ryan Lowe was heartened by the team's overall performance. The manager also explained why he didn't use the match to blood young players for Argyle. Lowe said: "The performances were a lot better. I thought the performance against Hull was good but individual errors cost us. A lot better than Shrewsbury. We knew what we were coming up against in Burton Albion. Every time there's a throw-in, it's coming in your box, wherever that's from. We dealt with that, we competed really well, and we probably should have scored a few goals before the break."
"We're disappointed, because the lads definitely deserved three points, but it wasn't to be. It's a point, it's a point that you'll take. You want all three, but they've been doing well, Burton, and all we can do is go on to the next one. We had some great chances, but it wasn't to be. Ryan's great finish, he deserved that for all his work ethic. It's small margins, isn't it? Was it out, from the throw-in? We don't know. Can we play the ball in behind a little bit more when there's only 60 seconds to go? The lads were excellent in everything that they've done, first and second contacts. We're disappointed with the goal, but I thought we worked ever so hard to get the three points. Ultimately, the performance was a lot better than it has been, the desire and commitment was there, which I'm pleased about, and we got a point."
"Some people don't really see it, do they? They don't really see what Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dino Maamria's teams are about. Do I throw two or three young kids in today and they get bullied and battered and bruised and never play again? It's got to be warranted; the training's got to be right. We were hoping Ryan Law was going to be with us on Thursday, but he had to wait for a COVID test to come back so he only had half a day's training with us, if that. They've got to warrant a place in the team, they've got to warrant a start. We can't just make wholesale changes when you're coming up against a team like Burton, and Charlton, Sunderland, Gillingham, Oxford – they're all big games. I'm not just going to make four or five changes so people can be smiling and happy about it – I'm going to do it for the right reasons for this football club." We're going to play a part teams' seasons and where they're trying to get to. Charlton are trying to get into the play-offs, Oxford's the same, Sunderland's going to be the same. We've got to do it for a bit of personal pride, as well as for the football club. That's our message to all of the players from now until the end of the season – keep going, keep performing to the best of your ability, and see where it takes you."
Ryan Hardie added: "We fought hard for 92 minutes of the game and then one mistake, or you could say one misjudgement, cost us. We're all very disappointed. We've got to start seeing out those games, we've got to win 1-0 sometimes. Sometimes you've got to change the way you play, and I think we did that, we adapted. They went long more, and then we had to go long more which, from the front to the back, we dealt with really well in most situations. I think conceding a goal just knocks everything. If we won 1-0 then we would say 'what a performance' but, at the end of the day, we want to get three points."
Argyle ended their two game losing streak with a 1-1 draw away to Burton, in a game that could have been so much more. Argyle took the lead with 20 minutes to go via a Ryan Hardie finish, superbly looped over the Brewers keeper. Argyle did not look in much danger but a defensive mishap saw the hosts level up deep into stoppage time. Argyle: M Cooper, Aimson, Opoku, Watts, Fornah(MacLeod), Edwards, Camara, Mayor, Lewis, Hardie(Moore), Ennis (Jephcott). Subs: McCormick, Reeves, Law, Lolos.
Wing-back Ryan Law has returned to Home Park after a successful loan spell at Torquay United, where he made eight appearances for the promotion chasing gulls. Ryan Lowe said of the youngster: "Gary Johnson has been over the moon with him, he's done a fantastic job since he's been there. They wanted to keep him, but we feel that, along with Klaidi Lolos, and the other youngsters like Ollie Tomlinson, there may be an opportunity for one or two of these to get some first-team football in League One – because we need to have a look at them. It was only right by Ryan, he's done everything we've asked him to do – he's come back fitter and stronger. He's gone to Torquay and become more of a man, and we think it's right to bring him back. We haven't brought him back to just sit around and be a training player, we've brought him back to force his way into the first-team and get an opportunity in League One."
Argyle have had schedules altered for two of their remaining matches this season. The next game away to Burton will kick off at 12.30pm, as a show of respect to the late Prince Philip, whose funeral is scheduled to take place at Windsor Castle that afternoon.
Meanwhile, on the final day, Argyle will now travel to Gillingham on Sunday 9th May, kick-off 12pm.
Ryan Lowe was less angry following this 3-0 defeat than the one before it but he was still frustrated at individual errors that saw Argyle leak goals once again. He said: "Definitely disappointing, I thought we were well in the game. I thought the first goal knocked us a little bit. In transitions, we need to look after the ball carefully, and we didn't. It allowed them to take a quick free-kick, we left some players unattended and then we've gone to the ground too early. We've gone in at half time being well in the game, we had more possession, we had more chances, and second half we make a mistake and an individual error that's cost us. They're a good team, Hull City, we know we couldn't give them half a chance let alone three or four chances, and that's what we've done. Every time they went through, they looked like scoring. We did get up there a few fair bits, and Niall Ennis and Luke Jephcott caused a few problems early on, and Danny Mayor's getting down that side, some balls are coming in the box and Pan got in and he had one blocked. We work on those patterns to get in those areas, and you've just got to have that ruthless edge."
"We give them the game plan, we tell them the way the opposition are, we give them the players and what they're about, we give them all the detail. I think it's individuals that need to take a look at themselves and see what they can do better. It's small details like keeping the ball, being stronger in a tackle and not taking any chances."
"The personnel might change in terms of who plays. We've just had Lewis Macleod come back from a little bit of a niggle and injury, but we've lost Conor Grant today. He was just a bit stiff from Monday. He's got a bit of a tight groin, so we've had it checked and he's probably a week to ten days away so there's no way we could risk him. Conor has been a different class all season, he's one that we've missed, so I'm disappointed with that but there's nothing we can do. The lads coming on the pitch have got to give us a bit more because we've got five games left and I don't want the season to peter out. We've got to get back to being ruthless, not making any individual errors and mistakes, collectively as well, and then hopefully we've got half a chance of winning games."
Captain Joe Edwards spoke on similar lines, talking about naivety. He said: "We knew it was going to be a tough game, they're a good side, top of the league, and we knew we had to bring our 'A' game. We're just disappointed with the goals we conceded and the mistakes that led to the goals, really. It's a little bit of naivety, it's probably where we are at the moment in terms of our season. We're just as disappointed as anyone, the lads really want to do well for this club and at the moment it's not going the way we want it to. They are a good side, but at times we played well and were well in the game. We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit with the goals and that's the frustrating thing. Ultimately, we haven't got the result or the performance that we wanted. It's going to be a tough week working on things to do better. These things happen, we've got a young team, still learning, still making mistakes, but you've got to come through it and make sure it doesn't happen again. That's our challenge, for us as a team and individuals, to make sure you don't repeat these mistakes. We've got five games left and we need to put some good performances together."
"We've got an honest group of lads, no-one likes losing, and it's down to us as individuals to make sure that we take responsibility for ourselves first. Once you do that, you can bring others with you. We'll have a tough week working on things, we know what's expected in terms of a reaction. If you work hard, the fortunes will turn around."
Argyle fell to their second 3-0 loss in a row, going down at home to title favourites Hull City. Argyle were competative for most of the first hour, only going in one down at the break. The visitors however truly showed their class towards the end with two goals to make the scoreline look comfortable. Argyle: M Cooper, Aimson, Opoku, Watts(Reeves), Fornah(McLeod), Edwards, Camara(Moore), Mayor, Lewis, Ennis(Lolos), Jephcott(Hardie). Subs: McCormick, Tomlinson.
Argyle have announced that the Argyle Superstore at Home Park will reopen its doors on Monday 12th April. With indoor spaces once again opening on Monday in line with government guidance, the Superstore will be open between 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday, as well as 10am-2pm on Saturday. The Superstore will be closed on Sunday.
Ryan Lowe expressed rare anger at Argyle's performance in their loss to Shrewsbury, making it clear that such performances would not be acceptable. The manager fumed: "That didn't epitomise me, that performance, especially the second half. After the first goal, they crumbled right under. It's our worst attacking performance since I've been a manager, let alone at Plymouth Argyle: three shots, one on target, didn't create anything, and never had a shot in the first half. It's very rare that I've come out and done this but that was disappointing, and I apologise to everyone that was watching because that's not acceptable. We can make all the excuses under the sun, but I'm not making any. Shrewsbury had more energy than us, they had more determination than us. Their defenders were on the front foot and we were very reactive instead of proactive. Up to the top end of the pitch, it just fizzled out, there were no shots.
"I'll never single them out, but they know collectively as a group that it wasn't good enough. What disappointed me is the attacking options and the players we've got, but we didn't threaten them. We say send the man outside, that's a rule, and for the first goal, they've let some come inside and get a shot deflected. The second one we chose to go back where his middle centre-half should be and he wasn't there, and you're giving it to the player who's going to put it in the back of the net, and that's what he did. The third one was a disgraceful one as well, we let him come inside, on his right foot, and he puts it in the bottom corner. We don't get give-mes like that, we don't get any shots or options because people defend properly against us and our lads didn't defend properly. They've got no choice; they're going to have to show a reaction. We can't gift any teams goals in League One, so they've got to put it right.
"We've got to do the right thing by the group, because they've had two games in a short space of time. We'll have to recover them properly and we'll have to get back on the training ground and put it to work. We've got another tough game against top-of-the-league Hull City on Saturday. They've got to make sure that they perform to the best of their ability because I won't accept performances like that."
Three second half goals sunk Argyle to a 3-0 defeat at Shrewsbury, in a performance that never saw Argyle find any kind of rhythm going forward, as well as being porous in defence. It was an Easter Monday to forget in blustery conditions. Argyle: M Cooper, Edwards(Moore), Aimson, Opoku, Watts, Fornah(Lewis), Grant, Camara(Reeves), Mayor, Hardie(Jephcott), Ennis(Lolos). Subs: McCormick, Tomlinson.
The first fixture of the Pilgrims' 21/22 pre-season campaign is pencilled in, with Argyle scheduled to host to Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough at Home Park this summer. Ryan Lowe's Greens will take on Sky Bet Championship Boro on Friday 23rd July - with kick-off 7pm.
Ryan Lowe described the win against AFC Wimbledon as a two-sided game, with Argyle's first half display by far outshining their second half one. Lowe detailed: "It was a very hard-fought win. First half I thought we were very good, worthy of 1-0 at half-time, and possibly could've had a couple more. The second half performance wasn't anywhere near good enough. I was animated because we were giving the ball away very cheaply and we had an overload in midfield that we should've dealt with quite quickly, but we didn't. We have to give AFC Wimbledon a lot of credit. They're fighting for their lives. They stuck to it, they changed shape, they pushed four right up and they stopped us, made us go backwards and they had a right good go. We've played a lot better in second half performances over the season and not got anything from it, so for us to get three points, a win and a clean sheet, I'm over the moon."
"It was a terrific goal. Tyrese Fornah rolled it over his foot, a little bit of a trick, then he smashed it across the front. It was a lovely little flick from Sam and it rolled into the corner. Pleased with him, pleased with the goal, and he's got us a 1-0 win and a clean sheet. It's pleasing that we've reached 52 points. We've got seven games to go, so there's 21 points to play for, we've got to keep climbing the table as much as we can, keep picking up points, and start enjoying the games more.
"The workload of the players was a different class, we've seen they've all ran the distances they should be running to win a game of football, so I'm pleased with that. The squad is looking fresh, but we've got to recover them all now and have a game plan ready for Monday. We've just got to keep believing and keep building. We just want to keep winning games of football and if they play the way they did in the first half, we'll certainly do that."
Fornah himself also spoke positively of the development and of his delight on behalf of teammate Sam Woods, saying: "I'm really pleased for Sam, he's had a tough time not being in the team. He didn't allow things to get to him, and it was a pleasure to set him up today. I'm good in tight areas, I like to think I've got good feet. I tried to get a little move on the defender, so I had room to make a cross for Sam, and luckily today Sam was the guy that created a goal for himself. I thought first-half we played really well. The game plan was to try and move the ball out wide to our full-backs, and from there break – because we've got the ability in the team to get forward as quickly as we can. Second half it was a bit tougher because they came at us. Obviously, they were a bit disappointed with their first-half performance. They're a good team, and they're battling, as we all know. For us, it was about not conceding in the second-half and maintaining the win, which we did."
"I think that the Gaffer has seen that I've got that ability to break forward. I see myself as box-to-box, I like to do everything – I've got the ability to run forward, my legs are long, I can stride with the ball, I'm very calm with the ball. I think the Gaffer has trusted me to play with a bit more freedom."
Argyle's Easter Weekend has started in fine form with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon. The only goal of the game came 11 minutes in with a sublime backheel from loanee Sam Woods, after a Tyreese Fornah cross. Full-time came, taking Argyle to the 52 point mark. Argyle: M Cooper, Edwards, Aimson, Woods(Reeves), Lewis(Watts), Fornah, Grant, Camara, Mayor, Hardie(Jephcott), Ennis(Moore). Subs: McCormick, Tomlinson, Lolos.
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