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14:56 24th June 2016

Plymouth Preview

Town take to the pitch for the final time this season when they host Plymouth Argyle at Blundell Park on Saturday night (5:30pm) in a game that will play a huge part in deciding where the League Two title ends up.

The Mariners will be looking to finish the season on a high and with three straight home wins before the summer break, but to do so they will need to a spoil a promotion party.

Over 1,900 Argyle fans are making the trip for the game, with a victory for Plymouth seeing them promoted as champions, so it promises to be a good atmosphere to round off the campaign.


Town could be without Zak Mills and James Berrett for the final fixture of the season after they missed the game at Barnet with hamstring injuries, whilst Akwasi Asante will certainly be out after the news that he will miss the start of pre-season after undergoing ankle injury. Gavin Gunning will also serve the final game of his three match suspension.

Plymouth will be without striker Ryan Brunt and David Ijaha who have both been out for some time, but midfielder Oscar Threkeld has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the victory against Crewe last time out. 

It has been a season where Plymouth have achieved their main objective in winning promotion to League One, and they will be looking to go one better on their farewell to League Two at the weekend.

Promotion was confirmed with a convincing 6-1 win over Newport County on Easter Monday, and Saturday's victory over Crewe Alexandra coupled with Doncaster Rovers' loss at Exeter City means that Argyle's chances of the title are in their own hands.

Manager Derek Adams has been in charge at Home Park since June 2015 and led the club to the League Two Play-Off Final last year before building on that this campaign. The Scotsman made his name at Ross County, where he won two two promotions and the PFA Scotland Manager of the Season in 2012, and he has brought that success over to England so far. 

Argyle have built their successful campaign on wholesale changes last summer, which has resulted in them having extremely solid defence and pace to burn on the counter-attack. Two players made the PFA League Two Team of the Year last month in defender Sonny Bradley and midfielder Graham Carey, who is the club's top scorer from midfield with 14 goals.

The two sides met in November, with Town picking up one of their best results of the season by coming away with a 3-0 victory against the league leaders through a first half goal from Danny Collins and a brace from Omar Bogle.




Russell Slade: ''This is a huge game Saturday, particularly for Plymouth. There's a lot at stake for them in many ways, its gonna be a packed crowd so we're gonna loo kforward to it so its gonna be a challenge and  its one we 've gotta try and embrace and make the best of it because they're not gonna be turning up in their flip flops, and there's still players fighting for a contract here.'' 

Derek Adams: We’ve been relentless away from home this year,” said Gary. At this level, it is effectively pretty much the same game every week, really – it doesn’t tend to differ too much. There has been no let-off. It’s been 100mph from start to finish, which happens if you are going to get promoted. Saturday will be massive for the boys. To be able to get on the coach [after the game], knowing there are no more games left and you’ve got a trophy at the front of the bus – that’s what everyone is playing for and that’s what we all want.”

Watch Russell Slade's pre match Press Conference.