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Sunday 31st October 2021

Ryan Lowe once again praised the Argyle spirit as the greens came from behind for the third time in four league games, this time to win against Ipswich. The gaffer said: "It was a good win, the resilience and the character the boys showed to come back and have that never die attitude is brilliant. It's another three points but we can't get too carried away, we have to just keep doing what we're doing."

"I thought Adam Randell was superb today, credit where credit is due. He has been chomping at the bit and have been learning from one of the best of the division in Jordan Houghton. We don't want to let people down, there are too many good people to let down. We need to make sure we show the same desire and commitment they show us. It's nice for the lads on the pitch, we want the fans to keep coming and we have to keep the performing coming. The last 30 seconds when they were singing was amazing, the place was absolutely bouncing."

30th

Argyle pulled off another fantastic win in front of a sold out Home Park against resurgent Ipswich. Once again, the greens fought from behind, the visitors taking the lead from a corner just 14 minutes into the game. Argyle fought back well and the first goal was created largely by Adam Randell on his full debut for the club who lofted a delightful ball into the penalty area for Luke Jephcott to tap home. The winner came at the start of the second half when Conor Grant struck the ball home following a fine run on goal. The good times keep marching on for Argyle. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Galloway (Gillesphey), Randell, Edwards, Camara, Broom (Mayor), Grant, Hardie (Garrick), Jephcott. Subs: Burton, Law, Jenkins-Davies, Agard.

25th

Argyle has today filed its financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021 at Companies House. The report outlines the club's financial position as of June 30, 2021, and covers the 20/21 season our first back in League One, played almost entirely without supporters inside the stadium. The full report can be found on the club's offical website and they show a profit of 376,000.

24th

Ryan Lowe was positive despite admitting Argyle weren't at their best in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Morecambe. He spoke warmly about the first half performance but said that Argyle's showing after the interval left something to be desired. Lowe said: "It was a tough game, not our greatest performance, which is fine, but I've told the players that I want them to keep doing the right thing. We could have scored a couple more goals in the first half definitely and thats the fine margins that could go our way on another day. They got on the front foot, were in our faces and wanting us to make some errors and it's a tough place to come. There have been times when we haven't been at our best this season, but they've found a way. Today we couldn't find a way but that's football and that's why we love it. We have to keep sticking to the plan, keep doing what we're trying to do and as you've seen when we do that, we're a good team."

Danny Mayor spoke of his delight at his first goal since February but noted the importance of competition for places as he returns from his long lay off. He added: "It's nice to get my first start in a while, it's been a long two months since the Peterborough game, so I am glad to get back. Broomy and Pan have been on fire and so there is a lot of competition in that midfield now. I know the way we play and the pattens of play as well, so it was quite easy to slip back in. It's also nice to play in a team that is doing so well. I don't normally enjoy watching, I get a bit anxious and nervous just because I really want the lads to win. I am not a great watcher, but this season has been pretty easy because we've been doing brilliantly."

"I thought Ryan was going to put it in, I was just lucky that I was there to tap in in. I think you can see this season that we have that experience. Last season we were quite a young team but this year we have the likes of Willo and Scarrsy and Brendan. We don't panic in games now."

23rd

Argyle extended their unbeaten run to 14 league games with a 1-1 draw at Morecambe. The greens went behind early in the game but showed character to equalise shortly after through Danny Mayor, in his first first team start since August. The rest of the game saw no further goals. Argyle: M Cooper, Wilson, Scarr, Galloway, Houghton, Edwards, Camara (Broom), Mayor, Grant, Hardie (Garrick), Jephcott (Agard). Subs: Burton, Gillesphey, Law, Randell.

22nd

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."

21st

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.

20th

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."

19th

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.

17th

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.

16th

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.

14th

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."

13th

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."

12th

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.

10th

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."

9th

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.

7th

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."

6th

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.

3rd

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."

2nd

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.

1st

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."

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