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Having dominated large spells of the game at Wigan without winning, Ryan Lowe urged his players to be more clinical. He was delighted to see that was exactly what they did against Doncaster Rovers, winning the game 2-1. Lowe said: "Excellent. We challenged them on the weekend to be a bit more ruthless, resolute, strong and powerful, and they were all that. We had a meeting with the lads Monday, and we just put a few things to them. The lads were disappointed, not in the performance from Saturday, but in themselves for not being ruthless. They certainly showed that tonight. I'm pleased because we felt we should have had three points on Saturday. They're winners, they're not going to lie down. We've been in games like that, we knew Doncaster were never going to lie down, they were going to give it a good go, and they certainly did that.
"Give Doncaster a bit of credit, they are a footballing team, they came here and played football, which is always nice. I just said to the boys there, 'if anyone wants to come and play football, and wants a battle at our own ground, we're on'. Whether it's a football fight, or a tough aggressive fight in terms of being resolute. The game brought everything today, there was a lot of football from us, but we know how to mix it up.
"Of course, I'm pleased. I think I can always be more pleased, that's the way I am. The performance levels, what we're playing and how we're playing, as the new boys in the league, I'm pleased. We're in a nice position, disappointed we haven't got another game Saturday, because we want to kick on again, but we'll get some rest and recovery into the boys now, and we can go again and look to Swindon. We'll still work it right, finish the week off as we normally would. We'll be off tomorrow, in Thursday, Friday, give the lads Saturday off, and then a two-day build-up to Swindon. There will be one or two of them who will need an extra day, and we'll give them that, we had Conor [Grant] tonight, and I think we've got Naz, Scotty and hopefully George back for the weekend, so we'll put a bit of work into them for the availability on Tuesday."
Argyle returned to winning ways with a 2-1 home victory against Doncaster Rovers at Home Park. Argyle: Cooper, Aimson, Opoku, Watts, Fornah, Edwards, Camara, Mayor, Moore, Hardie(Abraham), Jephcott(Nouble). Subs: Ruddy, Law, Grant, Reeves, Telford.
Argyle were also hit with the news that their fixture at Accrington Stanley will be postponed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in Accrington's squad.
Argyle have been drawn away against Charlton Athletic in the first round of this season's FA Cup. The fixture will take place at The Valley on the weekend of Saturday, 7 November.
Argyle were denied their first away win of the season at Wigan Athletic, despite a largely dominant display against ex manager John Sheridan. Ryan Hardie bagged his first goal of the season with a confident one v one finish before a Wigan flurry ended up with their equalising after the interval. Argyle: M Cooper, Aimson, Opoku, Watts, Fornah, Edwards, Reeves(Camara), Mayor, Moore, Hardie(Telford), Jephcott(Nouble). Subs: Ruddy, Law, Lolos, Abraham.
A very good first half was not enough to stop Argyle falling to their second league defeat of the season at Lincoln City. A penalty shortly after the break was followed up by a second goal after a defensive mix up and Argyle were not able to get back into the game. Argyle: M Cooper, Aimson, Watts, Opoku, Fornah, Moore, Camara(Reeves), Mayor, G Cooper, Abraham(Hardie), Nouble(Jephcott). Subs: Ruddy, Law,Edwards, Telford.
Argyle's League One home tie against Swindon Town on Tuesday, 3 November will now kick-off at the earlier time of 7pm. With supporters currently unable to attend the fixture due to government guidelines, the two clubs, in agreement with the EFL, decided on the slightly earlier kick-off time to assist with travel requirements.
League One home clash with dockyard rivals Portsmouth has been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports. As a result, the fixture has been moved to Monday, 16th November, with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Ryan Lowe declared himself very pleased with Argyle's perseverance in their 2-1 win against Northampton, with Kelland Watts getting a late 2-1 winner. Lowe said: "I'm pleased we scored from a set play, we've worked on it all week, of where we could nullify their zonal area marking. If you beat their zonal from the crosses, you can find yourself unopposed at the back stick, a bit like Kelland was."
"I always believe that we'll get back in the game, at some point. I was disappointed with the goal, as I always am, but I thought it might give us a little bit of a rocket to go again – not that I want that all the time. The lads do everything they possibly can to win games of football."
Argyle kept their impressive start to the League One season going with another home win, this time against Northampton Town. Argyle opened the scoring thanks to Frank Nouble in the first half but the Cobblers equalised after the break. Argyle plugged away throughout the second half and eventually got the winner from a Kelland Watts volley. Argyle: Cooper, Aimson, Canavan, Watts, Fornah, Moore, Grant(Reeves), Mayor, Cooper(Opoku), Jephcott(Abraham), Nouble. Subs: Ruddy, Wootton, Edwards, Telford.
Argyle made their final signing of the summer on transfer deadline day, bringing in Timmy Abraham on a half-season long loan from Fulham. Abraham is the younger brother of Chelsea and England star Tammy Abraham and will wear number 29 for the greens.
Argyle's League One fixture at Lincoln City next Tuesday will kick-off at the earlier time of 7pm. With supporters currently unable to attend the fixture due to government guidelines, the two clubs, in agreement with the EFL, decided on the slightly earlier kick-off time to assist with travel requirements.
Ryan Lowe praised a perfect Saturday afternoon for the boys in green, giving particular credit to Luke Jephcott who bagged his second goal of the season in his second appearance of the campaign. Lowe said:"I just said to my coaching staff, a big well done. We put out a game plan for the lads, we've worked with them. We knew we had to keep the back door shut and find a resolution to conceding goals, and they've executed. The defenders were different class today, Mike Cooper, another clean sheet, and getting goals at the other end of the pitch. Clean sheet, two goals, three points, it's a perfect Saturday afternoon. When you get three points at home, I'm always delighted. The lads were disappointed from last week at Hull, when we didn't get anything out of the game. We knew we had to be patient at times, we had to open Burton Albion up. Credit to our lads, they wanted to go out and perform today, put on a performance, and they certainly did that."
"We knew Jephs was going to be right, we kept him for this game, we took him off towards the end to protect him. He's a fox in the box, when the ball comes in he's alive, he gets shots away. That's Jephs, he's an honest kid, he's a goalscorer, and he looks to provide also."
"We don't want to lose many games at home. The fans are here in spirit, and we want to make sure that we don't want to lose many games at home. We have to make sure that we recover the lads properly. It's important that we get the rest and recovery in the boys as well, because the games are coming thick and fast. We have got the squad, we feel we can cope. We have got to make sure that everyone is right, and fit and ready."
Argyle have announced a formal partnership with Plymouth Parkway to work on development opportunities and exit pathways for young players. Director of Football Neil Dewsnip said: "We are delighted to have enhanced our relationship with Parkway – a local club that shares in our ambition for the future of football in the city. We feel that the relationship will be beneficial for both parties. Enhancing our profile at both first team and Academy levels is a hugely important part of the club's ambition to become a sustainable Championship club, and forging strong networks with good local clubs is an essential part of this process."
Argyle cruised to their second win of the season, beating Burton Albion 2-0 at Home Park. Luke Jephcott bagged a goal on his return to the side, midway through the first half. Byron Moore tapped home just after the break to put the game beyond doubt. Argyle: Cooper, Aimson, Canavan, Watts, Fornah, Moore, Grant(Reeves), Mayor, Cooper(Edwards), Nouble, Jephcott(Telford). Subs: Ruddy, Wootton, Opoku, Lolos.
Argyle are out of the EFL Trophy, going down 2-0 at League Two Cheltenham Town. Two goals after the break from ex-Pilgrim Reuben Reid secured the win for the hosts. Argyle: Ruddy, Aimson, Wootton, Pursall, Fornah, Edwards, Lolos (Grant), Reeves (Opoku), Law (G Cooper), Hardie, Telford. Subs: M Cooper, Watts, Camara.
Argyle have joined an effort to lobby the government to allow the return of fans to stadiums on a safe, socially distanced basis during the coronavirus pandemic. Full details can be found on the club's official website, where they have provided a petition for interested fans to sign.
Ryan Lowe has declared himself proud but disappointed with Argyle's 1-0 loss to Hull City, where the visitors gave a valiant account of themselves but did not quite have enough to win the game. He reflected: "I'm a proud manager, but a disappointed manager. I thought the lads were excellent, in the way that they played, the way they applied themselves. Coming to Hull, it's going to be a tough place to come, they're a good team, you've seen that. They had their attitude of 'never say never', and that's what pleases me the most. I can accept a lack of quality in certain areas, that's just the level we're at, but I thought the lads certainly deserved a point. To go toe-to-toe with a good side in Hull, who have just been relegated from the Championship, shows our intentions, and shows where we've come."
"You can see teams that will come here and concede a goal in the first 10 minutes, and they'll just drop their heads and it could be three, four, five. Our lads are never going to do that under me. We need to respect the football club and what we're about. We had so many passages of play, and so many penalty box entries, we just didn't have that final bit. They put bodies on the line, it shows why they haven't conceded any goals. It's tough isn't it, because I'm disappointed that we didn't get anything out of the game, but I'm happy and pleased with the performance. We'll always have that desire and commitment as long as I'm here – I'll drum it into them. To be fair to every single one of them in there, they're gutted, disappointed, but they know if they keep performing like that, they'll pick more points up. I have said, we're the new boys in the league, we're going to come up against it, we just need to find that little clinical edge – and once that comes, we'll be fine."
Argyle have suffered their first loss of the league season, going down 1-0 to rampant Hull City, who continue their 100% record. An early goal was all that separated the two sides. Argyle: M Cooper, Wootton, Canavan, Watts, Grant(Reeves), Moore, Camara, Mayor, Opoku(Cooper), Nouble, Hardie(Telford). Subs: Ruddy, Aimson, Edwards, Fornah.
One loan in has seen another go out with promising youngster Adam Randell joining Torquay on an initial one month youth loan deal.
Highly rated young midfielder Tyreese Fornah has joined Argyle on loan from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season. Fornah will wear number 18 for Argyle.
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