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Also included on the three most recent days, facts from Argyle's history.
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1953: A friendly game against Exeter City marked the official switch-on of Home Park's floodlights, although they were used for a reserve game four weeks before. Only two of the four pylons saw their half century; the Lyndhurst pair made way for the redevelopment in 2001, with the remaining pair hitting the ground six years later.
1995: Richard Logan arrived from Huddersfield. The former bricklayer was a key man in the promotion winning defence the following year.
2007: 25-year-old Jermaine Easter signed on loan from Wycombe Wanderers, with a view to a permanent transfer the following January.
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1975: Argyle 2 Oxford Utd 1. In the Pilgrims' first Second Division (tier 2) season for eight years, the fixture computer had got it badly wrong - 'er and I had to guess the score from the roars of the Home Park crowd a few hundred yards away from our wedding reception at Pounds House. A few guests managed to escape for the second half and both Paul Mariner goals, but not me. I knew my place.
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1925: One of the big scores: Argyle 7 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic 2, with goals from Jack Leslie (2), Jack Cock (2), Sammy Black (2) and Patsy Corcoran. Just a month before, home fans saw the same score against Aberdare Athletic, and a month earlier again, Argyle won two games in three days, both 6-2. That season, Argyle scored 71 goals at Home Park, 107 in all. Happy days!
Argyle have once again been slated for TV coverage with the League One trip to Milton Keynes selected for live broadcast on Sky Sports. The fixture date and kick-off time remains the same, with the match at Stadium MK scheduled to take place on Tuesday 7th December, at 7.45pm.
Will Jenkins-Davies has put pen to paper on his first professional contract for the club, on his 17th birthday (the first day that he is able to do so). The young midfielder said of the special day: "I can't quite believe it to be honest. It's a dream to say that I am a pro for this amazing football club. I am happy to have made an impression on him and he has been telling me to stay focussed and to keep working hard. The lads have been really good with me too, and it's been great being on the bench a couple of times to experience what a matchday really feels like and how much goes into every detail of the game. I hope to integrate into the squad more and just get more experience and hopefully make my league debut too.
"I have worked hard and just want to keep on working and keep continuing to show that I am worthy to be here. This club is all I have known, coming up through the ranks in the Academy. The most difficult thing is staying in the squad, you can get in there but if you don't perform, the next minute you could be out. I just want to stay in the squad and continue being an Argyle player."
Argyle's FA Cup first round tie at Sheffield Wednesday has been moved to Sunday 7th November at 12.15pm due to the match's selection for television on ITV. Meanwhile, Argyle's final EFL Trophy match at home to Arsenal under-21s has been rearranged to Tuesday 2nd November for a 7.45pm kick off.
Ryan Lowe credited Argyle's groundstaff with making the pitch playable in the win over Bolton, despite a long day of torrential rain in Plymouth. He also gave a glowing endorsement of his team who stuck to their preferred style of football despite the disruption. Lowe said: "I thought in the first half we were very good and scored two good goals. It was always going to be difficult in the second half, the wind and rain was coming in. Bolton came at us in the second half, they had nothing to lose and maybe we should have killed the game off earlier. You have to mix it up in these conditions, we went longer at times but could also play short. We'll always keep trying to do the right things but sometimes the conditions don't allow that."
"The ground staff were fantastic, we had some rain yesterday and then a lot again today, but this is what happens when you have good ground staff and a good pitch. It can take that amount of water and still be playable – well done to them."
Brendan Galloway described his part in Argyle's opening goal, and described the immense team spirit around the club, calling the atmosphere around Argyle a 'brotherhood'. He said: "I thought despite the weather, we showed great commitment and stuck with our plans and pushed each other on and got a great result. It was quite difficult to judge the ball at times, it was windy, you weren't quite sure whether the ball was going to bounce or whether it was just going to drop and stick. We have a great set of players here though and have a squad that can adapt and change our style depending on the conditions. It's like a brotherhood down here and I am enjoying every second of it. It's a great squad and we are doing well and are playing with a lot of confidence. I think it shows."
"The goal was instinct. We work on set pieces, and it was a great delivery and header back by Scarrsy.
I found myself in there, had to improvise a bit, took a touch and then just tried to put it towards the goal. Today was something I have never played in before, something that extreme. I thought we coped well though and managed to grab a deserved three points."
Argyle have made it a staggering 13 games unbeaten with a thumping 3-0 win over Bolton on a wet and windy night at Home Park. Argyle raced into an early 2-0 lead with very smart finishes from Brendan Galloway and Conor Grant. The conditions steadily worsened as the second half went on and had virtually descended into a swamp by the end, where Argyle scored one of the most bizarre goals of all time. Danny Mayor had managed to totally round the keeper with a clear run on goal before the ball got stuck in the mud and the substitute lost control. Ryan Hardie also failed to score from the loose ball before Ryan Broom eventually bundled it into the net. The team celebrated by divebombing onto the surface and Argyle's season on remarkable highs reached a new peak. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Galloway, Houghton, Edwards, Houghton, Camara (Mayor), Broom, Grant, Garrick (Jephcott), Hardie. Subs: Burton, Gillesphey, Law, Randell, Agard.
Ryan Lowe once again shared his delight after a fine win away from home, drawing particular praise to the work rate and character of his side. The manager said: "Happy days, I'm buzzing. I thought our work rate and character was spot on. I thought the lads out of possession were fantastic. To score three goals, get three points is magnificent for us. We have a great group of lads because we needed some character to come back from that early goal. Ryan Hardie hasn't been well and we had to be without him. I'm really pleased for Jordon, but it shows the importance of a squad. We saw them on our way in, they were on the hills and were clapping us in. They were fantastic once again and to stay behind and show their appreciation to the lads, it really means a lot. The way we have been going of late and knowing it's going to be tough at Oxford, we had to be spot on again. I am actually over the moon with the result. "
After his first goal for the club, Jordon Garrick declared himself desperate to build on it going forward: "I can't even describe how I feel. The atmosphere was great, and I am happy to contribute to the team really. I am buzzing. I have been working hard in training and I am keen to be able to chip in. It's important because it takes the pressure off the other strikers. I knew as soon as I cut inside that I was going to score. That's my signature move and that's my kind of finish.
"I knew Pan was behind me and if I was him and it wasn't left I would have been fuming. I realised he was in a better position than me and thankfully he scored. If he hadn't I would have let him know."
Argyle have been drawn against Sheffield Wednesday in the first round of the FA Cup. The Pilgrims will travel to Hillsborough for the tie which will be played on the weekend of Saturday 6th November.
Argyle's remarkable unbeaten run has continued with a gutsy 3-1 win at Oxford. The hosts took an early lead and dominated the early stages but Jordon Garrick and Panutche Camara put Argyle into the lead going into the break. The visitors soaked up some pressure in the second half but Camara got his second of the game late on to secure all three points. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Gillesphey, Houghton, Camara, Broom (Mayor), Grant, Jephcott (Hardie), Garrick. Subs: Burton, Law, Jenkins-Davies, Agard.
Luke Jephcott spoke of his natural chemistry with fellow striker Ryan Hardie with the pair both enjoying free flowing starts to the season. The young striker revealed: "When I was younger, I used to be a centre back," Luke revealed before heading off to training. But I got tired of that and wanted to start scoring goals," he added, "When you're young it was more about playing the game and enjoying it and I enjoy scoring goals. Before the gaffer came in, I didn't have much training on learning where to be but with the gaffer being a striker, he has worked with all of us on our movement and making sure we are in the right places. The service from teammates is also pretty important as well, I have to just make sure I'm in the right place and they will find me. We have quality players throughout the squad and they always seem to deliver. Obviously when we then get into those positions it is down to us to make sure we score."
"It I wouldn't say I look up to anyone in terms of how I want to play. I just want to play like myself. In the squad, we all have different qualities and skills that we can bring to the table. Ryan has his pace, Niall's acceleration is a joke, Kieran has experience and Rhys has his pace. When he first came in two or three seasons ago, we just got on straight away. We share rooms on away trips, live across the road from each other so we've got a pretty good understanding of each other. It isn't just with Ryan though, all of us strikers have a pretty good understanding with each other, and it seems to be benefitting the team."
"We've got off to a good start and we've been confident in every game we've played. It is still very early days, and we have to keep concentrated and doing what we're doing. We put the work in, have the right information from the coaches and long may that continue."
Ryan Lowe looked for the positives after Argyle's loss to Swindon Town, praising the first half performance in particular. Lowe said: "I thought we were good in the first half," Ryan said in the aftermath. They started really well but we got ourselves back into it and it looked like we might score again. We are disappointed, we don't want to lose any game but they're a good little team Swindon, and play good stuff. I am pleased for Kieran to get his first goal, he should have scored another one too. That is why we played Kieran tonight, I wasn't sure whether to play him, but he took his goal well and I am really pleased with that.
"It was a missed opportunity for some of the youngsters and the lads who are on the fringes. There is only one more game left in this competition and then there won't be much game time. I don't want to dwell on it, and I did think there were loads of positives, young Will Jenkins-Davies held his own in the second 45, getting a few touches. Danny Mayor was fantastic in the first half as well and was just getting going, wasn't he? But he was only down to play 45 minutes, so we had to take him off."
Keiran Agard spoke about his first goal for the club and his general early impressions of Argyle, adding: "I am delighted to have scored but disappointed with the result. I always get myself in the box and I just saw the ball and made sure I got good contact on it. Hopefully it's the first of many. I am just thankful for everyone around me, staff, players family that have helped me through this long time. It's good to get off the mark and all the hard work that goes into it behind the scenes pays off. I am feeling really good, I have done a lot of work and made sure I've done it right. I just need to make sure I carry on and be ready whenever called upon."
Argyle fell to their second loss in the EFL Trophy, going down 3-1 to League Two Swindon. The visitors went 1-0 up with an unfortunate deflection of Macauley Gillesphey into his own net but Keiran Agard equalised a few minutes later with his first goal for the greens. It was a tightly contested game but two late goals from the Robins saw the points go back to Wiltshire. Argyle can still qualify for the next phase of the competition but it would require a very unlikely permutation of results. Argyle had two 15 year olds on their bench, in the shapes of Freddie Issaka and Caleb Roberts. Argyle: Burton, Tomlinson, Wilson, Gillesphey, Randell, Edwards, Camara, Mayor (Jenkins-Davies), Law, Agard (Garrick), Shirley (Hardie). Subs: M Cooper, Pursall, Issaka, Roberts.
Ryan Lowe once again expressed his pleasure at another Argyle win, the unbeaten record now extended to eleven games. He did however hint, that there is even more to come from his Argyle side. He said: "We have to keep improving, keep working hard to sustain this. Other teams are going to start playing differently against us now. I thought in the first half, we were fantastic. The football, the work, the chances, the goals were brilliant. In the second half you have to give Burton a little bit of credit, they had nothing to lose and changed shape and came at us. We got a little bit sloppy in some areas, but there wasn't any panic. When Burton scored the lift the fans gave us was amazing. The players must feel it."
"They are showing their appreciation of how hard the lads are working. We want to make sure that this football club is a sustainable Championship club in the future, everyone at the club has that aim. The fans want that too and our job is to make sure we get there. They can enjoy the moment, enjoy the performance enjoy the win and enjoy being top of the league."
James Wilson attributed the win to hard work on the training ground, adding: It's all about the way we set up, everyone knows their jobs, everyone knows what they have to do and that makes a massive difference. You saw that a few of the lads went to Coops for the second goal and it was something we worked on. They leave all players up from corners which played into our hands in the end. It's all well and good us working on it in training but we are putting into performances which is great. They have a massive influence.At a lot of places I have been before the fans get a bit twitchy towards the end, here it's the opposite they really push us on. I thought we ended the game really well and that was down to them."
Argyle are top of League One after another excellent win over play-off challengers Burton. A dominant first half saw Argyle sweep the Brewers aside to a 2-0 lead with fine goals from Conor Grant and Ryan Broom. The second was a little less comfortable the visitors did get a goal back but the greens held out for the win and lead the league table for a week. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Gillesphey, Houghton, Garrick (Edwards), Camara (Mayor), Broom, Grant, Hardie, Agard (Randell). Subs: Burton, Tomlinson, Law, Shirley.
Keiran Agard hasn't yet had much of a chance to impress for Argyle with only a few sporadic appearances off the bench but he spoke of his happiness at joining Argyle and his commitment to the club that gave him a chance in football. He said: "I just love seeing goals. I love all sorts of goals and at the minute Luke and Ryan are flying. When I first came to the squad, I could see the quality we had. There are plenty of goals in them and they are in a rich vein of form. I just keep encouraging them on and tell them to continue what they are doing. I have always had the belief that I was a goal scorer. I used to watch the likes of Michael Owen and Ian Wright as a kid, and all I wanted to do was score goals. In this squad you go into every game knowing you are going to get chances and then when they come your way you just need to make sure you can take it.
"My family have moved down, they always support me and it's nice to have them close by. It's big for me that they have come down. Once you're finished with football and go home and you're with your family it is the best thing ever. They get me right mentally and I'm happy they've come down with me. Obviously everyone around been absolutely fantastic, the players, staff and fans. They have made me feel really welcome. The team spirit is high, and we are really focussed. We might have had a few more points but we have to keep looking forward to the next game."
Ryan Lowe has been nominated for the League One Manager of the Month award for September. The Greens were unbeaten in the month which saw them pick up eleven points from the five games played.
Ryan Lowe is pleased with Argyle's development from last season but has been left wanting more from his side after the disappointment of a late equaliser at Lincoln's Sincil Bank. Lowe said: "We're a different animal from last season," Ryan said at the end of the game. We come to these places like Lincoln or Portsmouth, and we want to win. We are not just coming to make up the numbers and sit back. We should have three points and we should have won the game. I'm disappointed with the penalty to be honest. We have come to a team who were in the play-off final last season, we played a lot of good football and created a lot of chances."
"Some of the football we played was different class, they're a good team and I felt we dealt with them well. We just need to find that killer instinct a little more, I thought Ryan Hardie could have had a hat-trick and ultimately their 'keeper kept them in it and made some incredible saves. We'll have a couple of days of rest now before our next home game against Burton. We'll recover them properly and give them a little bit of down time with their families."
Joe Edwards reflected on his 100th appearance for Argyle and said of the game in question: "It was disappointing, we were so close to getting another great away result. The boys did brilliant and created plenty of chances to win the game. We're a whole new team from last year. This year we are going to games with confidence, we're doing really well, deservedly winning games and we should've won today. For us, we've got to take the positives and realise that we are doing well. We are creating enough chances to win these games, it's just that final little detail sometimes that we are just short on. There are so many positives to take and if we can turn a few of those draws into wins we'll be flying."
"It's definitely a proud moment for myself and my family to play that many games for this club. I love playing for the club, I love putting on the shirt, I love putting on the armband so to get to 100 games is fantastic and something I'll look back on and cherish. I've had a lot of fun playing in this team, and the way the manager and the system he wants to play is fantastic. You've got to believe in what you're doing and trust the process and trust what we do on the training field for it to come off. Patterns of play are coming through, and chances, to be fair to Ryan Hardie he's put a lot away so we can't be too hard on him for missing a couple, he's been fantastic, and long may it continue."
"When we come away to these places that took us hours, so God knows how long it took them, that's when you realise how special this club is and the following, they have is fantastic. I hope they can see that we're trying our best to give them something back on these away trips. Their support and the noise they make throughout the games makes our job a lot easier so we can only thank them for that."
For the second consecutive away game, a late goal by the home side has denied Argyle a win, this time at Lincoln City. That said, another game has been added to the unbeaten run. Ryan Hardie remarkably made it into double figures for the season, putting Argyle into the lead in the first half. The hosts equalised midway through the second half but Argyle took the lead again courtesy of centre-back Brendan Galloway with a fine overhead kick. A tangle of legs in the box saw Galloway give away a penalty at the start of stoppage time and Linclon equalised from the spot, to end the game at 2-2. The bench included 16 year-old Will Jenkins-Davies for the first time in a league game. Argyle: M Cooper, Gillesphey, Scarr, Galloway, Houghton, Edwards, Camara, Broom, Garrick, Hardie (Agard), Jephcott. Subs: Burton, Tomlinson, Law, Randell, Jenkins-Davies, Shirley.
Joe Edwards is set to make his 100th appearance for Argyle at Lincoln on Saturday. Edwards, now captain, reflected on his time with the greens. He said: "I was the gaffer's first signing. I think it was quite a big deal for the club and the first step of what was going to happen next. All the fans were hoping for Danny Mayor because I think he was spotted at the club shop outside Home Park. Then it was announced it was me and there might have been a little bit of disappointment because I wasn't Danny. The first day of the season away at Crewe was probably one of my favourite games since I've been here. The atmosphere before the game and during it was unbelievable. We had sold out and had the whole of that side of the ground. I remember the noise – it was just incredible. We obviously went out to win 3-0 so, in terms of first games for the club, that would be right up there. It was the start of things to come for that year.
"Scoring my first goal away at Crawley was massive for me. I knew that when I got moved to wing back it was something I needed to do. I had my dad and a couple of family members in the crowd as well, so it was a brilliant moment. To get promoted in that first season was great, it was what we planned to do. The next year was strange for sure. We weren't quite sure what was going to happen. We had fans for a bit, not many of them and then we didn't, it was really strange. I saw some highlights the other day of a game behind closed doors. At the time it felt different but when you're watching it now it's so quiet, almost like a different sport. There were some big moments that year that I wish the fans could have been there for.
"The goal at Sunderland was one of my favourites for Argyle. The club you are playing against, the stadium you are playing in, could you just imagine if there were 30,000 fans there with a couple of thousand from Argyle up in the corner. We played really well in that game, started really well. It was a great atmosphere in the changing rooms afterwards, we were full of confidence. The Lincoln game was another one, it was an end-to-end game, loads of goals. We went in front, they went in front and they were flying at the time. We knew beforehand that it would be a tough game and we weren't in a great place at that point. I keep saying it but if there were fans in that day the roof would have come off. To score in the 90th minute and win the game 4-3 is amazing, it will go down as a classic. There was relief when that season finished because there were so many games, we had a few injuries towards the end as well and to be honest the season probably shouldn't have happened the way it did. We were tired, the staff were tired, the fans were probably tired of watching us. When the final whistle went it was a bit of a relief.
"So far this season has been amazing for me and us as a team. The feeling of walking out in front of a full house and seeing how much it means to people is what we play football for. My favourite goal for Argyle is that Sheffield Wednesday one. Obviously, they are a top team and one of the promotion favourites this year. It was our best performance this season and the fans were electric from the off. When it went in, it was just an unbelievable feeling, my family were there, I pointed to them and ran towards them - it was brilliant. I never thought I would get to this landmark because when I signed it was only on a two-year deal. I've had a fantastic few years already and thankfully I have signed for another couple of years and can continue to be a part of this fantastic football club. To get to 100 games for Argyle means the world to me, I hope there is 100 more, it's somewhere I love playing, it's the happiest love been playing football for a long time. My family love it down here and its somewhere I want to stay and continue doing well and hopefully the fans appreciate it."
Lowe has re stated his happiness with a great start to the season, with Argyle picking up 19 points from their 10 games in August and September. The manager said: "To have 19 points from 10 games is really pleasing, it's a good start but now we can sit down an assess the next ten," Ryan said after the match. I would have been a lot more pleased with an extra two points, but I can't grumble with the start we've had. We kept pushing right to the end and it wasn't for the want of trying. They were tough to break down. We adjusted well to going behind early. We got back into it and were on the front foot. We have to give Crewe a little bit of credit, especially the first half. They put their bodies on the line and we had a lot of shots blocked. We had 47 penalty box entries and if we were just a little bit more clinical, we could have won it. They are honest lads, and they work their socks off. The medical team have looked after them as some of them are a little bit fatigued, but they have been giving us everything. The fans can see that and it pleases me. We will go again on Saturday and try and get the points."
Argyle had a somewhat frustrating draw against relegation fighting Crewe, but extended their unbeaten league run to nine matches on a night when the club paid tribute to the effort and endeavours of the NHS over the past 18 months. The visitors took a very early lead but Argyle pressed away and eventually found an equaliser from (who else but) Ryan Hardie. The game ended 1-1. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson (Galloway), Scarr, Gillesphey, Houghton, Edwards, Camara, Broom, Grant (Garrick), Jephcott (Law), Hardie (Agard). Subs: Burton, Randell, G Cooper.
Whilst Ryan Lowe was not crazy about Argyle's performance, he was delighted with the perseverance as they beat Doncaster 2-1. He said of his team: "I think there was great character shown and resilience. It wasn't the greatest performance to be fair, they caught us with a counter for their goal. We're not always going to have it our own way and we know that, but I am delighted with the team today. We looked a little bit laboured, and I said at half time we had to raise it. I get it, the games have been coming thick and fast and fair play to Doncaster they came with a game plan and nearly executed it.
"I felt today was a fans win I must say because they dragged us through it. We weren't quite right today but they got us through it. They're coming out in their numbers, and they are certainly helping us. We can't get too carried away, we can't get too high or too low. We found a way to win, and the resilience and the character was different class. We are a good team and when you don't play particularly well in games, it is a good sign when you do go on and win. We don't want to just be a good team because there are a lot of good teams in this league. We want to be an excellent team."
Conor Grant mentioned his surprise at finding himself the man to take Argyle's matchwinning penalty, after two substitutions put him in the hotseat. Grant mentioned of that winning feeling: "I had a word with the manager and Steven Schumacher earlier in the season and basically when neither Ryan and Jeps are on the pitch, I would be the next one in line. I was looking around and hadn't realised Ryan had gone off, so when I realised he had, I thought 'sound' it's me."
"I don't think I have taken one on a professional game before. I was just trying to focus on where I was going to put it and I'm just glad it went in. It wasn't an easy game for us, and we had to work really hard for it. Three points is three points and that's the main thing. We just wanted to continue the form, after Tuesday we were all a little bit deflated but today was a bit of retribution for that I think. Today shows our character, we were fighting for each other and the fans. We need to keep doing that going into Tuesday that's for sure."
Argyle have returned to winning ways in fine fashion with a dramatic 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers. The league's bottom placed side went ahead surprisingly, midway into the second half but two Argyle penalties secured the victory. Ryan Broom was barged for the first and Luke Jephcott duly converted. The welsh striker was subbed off by the last minute of the game but Conor Grant deputised superbly when Keiran Agard was pulled to the ground. The unbeaten run goes on. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Galloway (Gillesphey), Houghton, Edwards, Camara, Broom, Grant, Jephcott(Agard), Hardie(Garrick). Subs: Burton, Tomlinson, Law, Randell.
Ryan Hardie has spoken of a close personal friendship with Luke Jephcott which only compliments their cohesion on the pitch, the pair netting 11 goals between them already. Hardie said: "We know each other inside out; we know each other's personalities and each other's strengths and weaknesses in the game.It massively helps that we are good mates off the pitch, we do a few activities outside of football together and were always laughing and joking about it. It's important to have this relationship because when I didn't slip him in against Sheffield Wednesday that could have caused a bit of friction between us if we didn't get along."
"We do always want the best for each other, sometimes we get angry, but we get over it very quickly and move on. We've had a bit more freedom where Luke can come to feet and receive the ball a bit easier and then that leaves more room for me. The gaffer has given us that freedom this year and it's worked quite well. He's looking really sharp and we've both started the season really well and long may that continue."
Argyle's new head of Fitness and Conditioning, Elliot Turner, has spoken of his excitement of starting his new role. The 27-year-old has joined the Pilgrims from National League side Solihull Moors and cannot wait to implement his ideas with the squad. He said: "I am really looking forward to being part of the club and looking forward to getting going and starting the job. John Lucas has been here for a couple of years and has done an amazing job. You don't want to change stuff too soon but at the same time you want to try and make it your own. The philosophy here has to be recovery – there is a lot of travel. I think it's the best thing for a manager to keep the same eleven on the pitch all the time. I then have to build a robust squad to be able to supply that and create an 85% availability within the squad. If the gaffer can have eight out of eleven players each week that's a good thing – that's what my job is."
"From a young age I have been interested in it. Until I was 16, I was in the Wolves academy, and I first started to really understand the conditioning side of things, it was something new at the time. It was something that was really interesting for me. I finished playing when I was 21 but I think if I'd had a long career, I would have gone into this anyway. Obviously I came into it a little bit sooner than I would have wanted but I am happy with that."
Ryan Lowe expressed pride in his Argyle side after their fighting 2-2 draw at Fratton Park, their second in two season. He said, philosophically: "I am proud of every single one of those boys in there, every one of them, to a man, was fantastic. We played, we penetrated. We played through the thirds, we played with calmness. Today we were unlucky, their goal right at the end, but look, that's football. Everything we asked them to do, they did. Portsmouth threw the kitchen sink at us, didn't they? On Saturday, AFC Wimbledon did it as well. It was a great spectacle for League One, I thought we were fantastic. We silenced the crowd a little and scored two fantastic goals.
"It's four points from two away games but we're greedy aren't we, we want six. They matched us up which is something they haven't done all season, that is a compliment to us and what we are trying to do."
Ryan Hardie echoed his managers words, adding: "Before the game, if you said we'd come here and get a point off the back of Saturday's performance and result, I think it's a good point and another point on the board, but I think it was gutting the way it ended. We had three in our hands and a little bit of lack of concentration gave them a free header in the box and they put it away. It was an intense game. I think you've got to be concentrating for every minute of the game, especially in midfield. It was very tough up against Marcus Harness, and the two boys in front of me were man-marked as well, so it was tough to get on the ball, but I think we really dug in and did the dirty stuff well. They've come and matched us up which is a real compliment to us I think, gone high press because they know we dangerous we are. It was a tough start, they scored early, so I think to come back into the game like we did and just to be so close is gutting."
"It depends, as well, on Saturday. If we can get a win then it's a very good week. Two tough games away from home, but we've picked up four points. Fratton Park is always a tough place to come and I think it was a perfect game plan away from home - we were strong, we were resolute, and we countered well. There are so many positives to take from everyone throughout the whole team, in both games, it's been two very good performances away from home. We know it's not always going to be easy but hopefully now we've got a couple of home games that we can have a little bit more control, hopefully get a couple of wins and push forward. I'm looking forward to those."
Argyle have announced the departure of Head of Fitness and Conditioning, John Lucas. Lucas leaves after two years with the greens to take up a post at Salford City, nearer to his roots in the North West. Ryan Lowe said of his association with Lucas: "John has been an important member of my staff at Argyle, and I have nothing but good things to say about him. An opportunity came up for him closer to home, and we didn't feel it was right to stand in his way. We thank him for his work, and wish him nothing but the best for the future. I would like to express my thanks to everyone associated with Argyle for making my time at Home Park an unforgettable experience. It was a very difficult decision to decide to move on to something new, and that's testament to my relationship with the gaffer, the team, the staff, and everyone at the club. I have no doubt the club will continue to make progress on and off the field, and I am grateful to have been a part of it and experience the highs of promotion."
Argyle were just seconds away from going top of League One before a gutting last gasp Portsmouth equaliser ensured the spoils were shared, in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Fratton Park. Pompey went a goal up early on via direct free kick and it stayed that way until half-time. Two Ryan Hardie goals, fine finishes from Panutche Camara assists, turned the match in Argyle's favour. It looked set to be a famous win but the Pompey goal deep into stoppage time denied the win. Argyle however remain in the play-off zone with the unbeaten run at 7 games. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Galloway, Houghton, Camara, Broom (Law), Grant, Jephcott (Agard), Hardie (Gsrrick). Subs: Burton, Tomlinson, Gillesphey, Randell.
Ryan Lowe has once again praised the attitude of his players after the 1-0 win over Wimbledon. He assessed the game by saying: We rode it a little bit in the first 20 minutes. "They're a good team, we know that. I thought we were excellent in our defending. This is a really tough place to come, not many teams will come here and do well as we have seen so far. They're a threat from set pieces, they're a threat from open play. We gave the lads the game plan all week and I think we nullified them really. I thought our lads were excellent from front to back. We can still do better with the ball but we scored a fantastic goal and go away from the game with the points."
"There are still a lot of games left and we have to keep grounded. We have to keep doing the right things. I think we still have more in the tank. We played well today but we can play better and that's what we'll try and do."
Mike Cooper expressed his pleasure at yet another clean sheet, saying: "To get through the first 15 minutes is quite vital because they were piling the pressure on us. In the second half we came out well, started really fast and Ryan Hardie took his chance. We were really composed and really resolute and saw the game out. To come here, be resolute and grind out a 1-0 is perfect. In a weird way, everyone wants to get a touch of the ball early on just to settle yourself into the game, but it was a bit of a different game today. They had a few more chances on target that a few other teams haven't done, so it's nice to come away with a clean sheet again. It shows the work we've been putting in on the training ground, everything from pre-season up until now is starting to come through.
"We know that we're not going to keep clean sheets every game, obviously that's the aim, so as long as we try to do that, I'm sure we're going to keep banking them in. I think the changes from last season, with Covid, are everyone is in the changing rooms and spending a lot more time together, the quality has gone up which is pretty evident to see on the pitch and it's a real togetherness. I think you can see that as well through our performances but we're going to keep taking each game in our stride. I'm looking forward to Portsmouth on Tuesday night, the stadium is going to be rocking which is what we've missed and what we're going to love. We know we're going to travel well as well, our fans are going to be top class again, so it's another one to look forward to."
Finally, Ryan Hardie reflected on another goal and an electric start to the season for both himself and Argyle. The Scotsman said: "The first 20 minutes, we've never started anything like we should've. We knew Wimbledon would come at us fast; we'd been warned about it, I think we were surprised ourselves with how quick they did come out. After that we got a bit more of a hold on the game, we started to pass the ball, started to impose our style again so you could say it was professional because we did have to dig deep and find it within ourselves to find a way to win. We dug in, and we stood strong together to make sure that we kept that back door shut. If the defenders can keep it shut, we've always got a chance and luckily enough we managed to get a chance and it was nice to put it away. It was a massive win. It feels as good, if not better than the Sheffield Wednesday win. The gaffer asked for a win last night, we got him cake, but he said, 'the only thing that I want is three points tomorrow for my birthday' so I'm glad we delivered it for him. When I went through, I was ready to hit it first time. Then when they dive in to block the shot, which they have to if I'm able to shoot, then I had the opportunity to drop back inside and have a pass into an empty net. Football is all about confidence. Last season, for whatever reason, I never felt that confident, but I've got off to a really good start this season.
"I scored quite a few in pre-season and that was my sixth on Saturday, so it does equal last season's goal tally, but I just want to keep it going. Every week I know I'm getting chances and the ball's being played in the right area for me so if I get a couple of chances in a game, I'm quite confident I will score one or two of them."
After a fluent win against Sheffield Wednesday, Argyle showed that they knew how to win ugly with a hard fought 1-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon. Ryan Lowe got the perfect birthday present as Ryan Hardie slotted home with a precisely executed finish, early in the second half. Argyle saw out the win well, continuing the fine start to the season. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Galloway, Houghton, Garrick, Camara, Broom, Grant (Law), Jephcott(Agard), Hardie. Subs: Burton, Tomlinson, Gillesphey, Randell, Shirley.
Dan Scarr is greatly enjoying his first season as an Argyle player, following their third clean sheet of the season and Scarr's first goal. The midlander also spoke warmly about moving to the South West. He said: "To get the big crowds in and to play in games like Saturday are some of the reasons why I came down here. We just need to stay grounded and work hard but it's nice to get the recognition. I still feel we have more to give, and I try to take every game as it comes. There weren't really any doubts at all," he said on the move to the South West. "I hadn't really been away from home, but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. There aren't really any distractions, you can just go and play your football. When something feels right for you everything falls into place you have to go for it and so far that's seems to be the case here."
"My mum and dad, as soon as they heard it was going to be a move here, they bought a caravan in Bigbury. Everything is quite easy, and they come to every home game now as well. We all work incredibly hard, and we do a lot with the coaches on the defensive work. Our job is to keep clean sheets and keep the opposition out and I feel we have done alright so far. There is competition there and we gee eachother on to do well. If someone does something good in training, even if they're on the other team, we'll always shout out and say, 'well done.' We meet up and go for food, go for a coffee down by the water, it's great. We are always spurring eachother on and wanting the best for each other. There are some really experienced players here and the coaches here are really good, so I just want to keep learning and try to get better myself. You can learn off everyone in the team. We get on really well off the pitch, we are very pally and it's such a good atmosphere."
Argyle youngsters Finley Craske and Ethan Mitchell are heading out on work experience to continue their football development. The duo are in their third year of scholarship at the Argyle Academy, following an extension granted after a covid-impacted last season. They will be heading out to Southern League sides Tiverton Town and Plymouth Parkway respectively.
Argyle have given an update on the latest developments in partnership with the NHS. From Friday 1st October, a new agreement has been struck with the NHS to allow them to continue to operate within the club's facilities, with a few changes made to the format of the vaccination centre. All events booked at Home Park Stadium will continue to go ahead as planned. However, on dates where there are no events booked at the stadium, the NHS will use the venue to support the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine booster programme.
Ryan Lowe praised the green army who turned up in great numbers as the decisive factor in Argyle's 3-0 win against Wednesday. He described the noise at Home Park as 'electric'. Lowe said: "Today felt like I was at a Premier League game, I couldn't hear my self and I've lost my voice. When we've got our numbers like this, the place is going to be electric. The performance of the lads today was fantastic. We gave them a game plan and they've gone an executed it spot on. We have put on a performance today; this place was bouncing. The excitement around the game today helped us. Sheffield Wednesday are a massive club. I know, I played there, I know what it means. It was a fantastic performance, but we need to keep these performances up, we need to be consistent. We've got to keep working and putting games plans together and if they can perform like they did today we'll win a lot of points. We were keeping things alive and creating good chances, Joe scored a great goal. Scarrsy's goal from a set play was great and we've been working on them on the training ground. The one at the end epitomised it for me, I was pleased for Lawsy and we've been asking him to do more in the final third. We have to be careful, and I know I'm being boring aren't I? But this is a tough league and some of the games will be very tough. The expectations will go through the roof, but we have to keep grounded and keep them down. AFC Wimbledon will be another tough one. This one is gone now, it's three points in the bag now and we move on."
Of his first professional goal, Ryan Law added: "As a wing back our job is to score too, with the strikers obviously. So just getting into those positions just gives me a better chance of scoring so any chance I have got in there I have to take it and hopefully score. I didn't see it hit the back of the net to be honest, when it went past the 'keeper, I was off. Everyone is buzzing at the moment, everyone wants to win, it's just a good place to be. Everyone was class today, Coops made some great saves, the defence was class, midfielders the strikers all of them were unbelievable today."
Finally, Joe Edwards described the euphoria of his overhead kick goal as well as his pride in his teammates after the excellent win, saying: "I've never scored one like that before, it was amazing. The atmosphere at the start was electric, I thought we replicated that in the way we started, the intensity we started with was fantastic. It's just emotions that come out and you don't really know what you're doing half of the time. I think we spoke about it last year when we had that last minute winner against Lincoln and we said that if there was a crowd that day the roof would have come off. When you score a goal like that in a game like this with the crowd that was in, I felt like the roof did come off."
The biggest Home Park crowd since January 1st 2020 was rewarded with a spectacular performance and result as Argyle dispatched much-fancied Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. The greens took the lead with a wonderful bicycle kick by captain Joe Edwards and Dan Scarr opened his Argyle account shortly before half-time after a Conor Grant free-kick was lofted into the penalty area. Argyle saw the game out well in the second half and the cherry on the cake was Ryan Law's first professional goal. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Gallloway, Houghton, Edwards (Garrick), Camara, Broom, Grant (Law), Jephcott (Agard), Hardie. Subs: Burton, Gillesphey, Mayor, Randell.
Argyle have completed the signing of striker Kieran Agard on a short-term deal until January. The 31 year old free agent was most recently at Milton Keynes where he scored a creditable 50 goals in 166 games. He is the tenth player to join Argyle this summer and will wear the number 18 shirt.
Conor Grant tipped Argyle to surprise doubters on Saturday when they face arguably the toughest test of the season yet, promotion favourites Sheffield Wednesday. The Argyle utility man said: "We have started off pretty well and I am quite pleased with the performances. We would have probably liked a couple more points on the board but I think we have started off positively. This is a huge game and one we are really looking forward to. It will hopefully be a big crowd against a good team, and it will be a real tough test for us. You want to play against the best players, and they have a lot of quality in their squad. But it's a chance for us to show what we can do - we can't go into the game being fearful. We are a together group – everyone is on the right page, and we are playing with confidence, but I really think there is more to come from us as well which is good. These games are the best. It's why you play really, the crowd being back this year has been a big difference already and I can imagine that Saturday will be bouncing. I am really looking forward to it."
Argyle's League One trip to Portsmouth will now take place on Tuesday 21st September, with a 7.45pm kick-off. The fixture was initially scheduled to occur on the weekend of 4th September, before being rearranged to the following Monday for live Sky Sports coverage.
Ryan Lowe said that his crop of young players have a lot to learn after their 2-0 loss to Newport in the Football League Trophy. That said, he expressed optimism about Argyle's young stars, especially record-breaking striker Freddie Issaka. Lowe assessed: "We wanted a little bit more. There were lads in there who are in and around the first team and we need to do better. They were playing against some kids themselves. We weren't a big enough goal threat tonight. We got into some pretty good areas and just need to be a bit more positive. I just felt we didn't compete enough against a Newport team that will always compete."
"I'm happy that Willo has got 90 minutes in the bag and Jordon Garrick has, Calum Burton has another game under his belt. I am also pleased for the youngsters making their debuts, but they need to get used to this – first team football. I want them to get their heads down and work hard."
"It was a proud moment for Fred, his mum and his dad. We spoke to them last week regarding Fred. He's going along the right lines; he gets rave reviews, and we need to keep him grounded. When I said he would be a part of the squad tonight, he was over the moon. We have got a good group of youngsters there; they'll continue to keep learning that's for sure."
At 25, Callum Burton was one of the senior pros of the night. He said of the unusual experience: "To see so many youngsters getting their debuts and competing against a good League Two side is brilliant. At 25 you don't want to be one of the senior lads. You just have to encourage because, I remember my debut, it is nerve racking and sometimes you do get caught up in the adrenaline. We had some calming influences in there, we had Willo, Ollie, Rands and having them alongside you and praising you is only going to help them. I've loved it, coming to a club like this you want to play as many games as possible and help the club get to the next level. Since I've come in, Mike, Luke, that goalie group is such a good environment. We all just learn off each other. Me and Coops learn off Luke and were trying to drive each other on. Whoever is playing the other is just backing them up. I think that will only bring the best out of both of us."
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