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Andy Phillips previews the Emirates FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle at the weekend.

3 November 2017

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TOWN are in Emirates FA Cup First Round action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they make the long trip to Plymouth Argyle looking to cause an upset.

Russell Slade's men will be looking to take their good run of form in the league into the first round of the world's oldest cup competition, whilst Plymouth will be looking to continue their run of four games unbeaten after a difficult return to life in League Two following promotion last season.

No fresh injury concerns

Town have no fresh injury concerns, although Mitch Rose is still a doubt with an ankle injury that has been troubling him for the past couple of weeks.

Jamille Matt is back in training after missing the game against Cambridge, which will bolster Russell Slade's striking options for the fixture. Jamey Osborne and Sean McAllister will continue their recovery from injury after playing a half each in Craig Disley's benefit game in midweek.   

Plymouth have somewhat of an injury crisis on their hands, particularly in goal where Luke McCormick, Robbert Te Loeke and Kyle Letherhen are all injured, which means Norwich City loanee Remi Matthews will continue to deputise after being given permission by the Canaries to play in the competition.

Striker Ryan Taylor will also miss out after breaking his ankle on the opening day of the season.

Plymouth struggling in League One

It has been a tough return to League One for Plymouth following promotion last year, but they are showing signs of getting things together as of late, so it promises to be a stern test for the Mariners.

Argyle boss Derek Adams has been in charge since September 2015 and guided the Pilgrims to the play-off final in his first season before going that one step further the following year.

The Pilgrims remain bottom of the table despite going four games unbeaten after winning only one of their first 12 games at the start of the season. However, they are continuing to keep faith in Adams and will be hoping that he is able to lead them to survival come the end of the season.

The side have kept the majority of their players since last campaign and will be hoping for a repeat of last season's heroics in the cup, where they made it to the third round and held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield before a 1-0 defeat in the replay. 

Four points for Town last campaign

Town put in two of their best performances of the season against Argyle last season, denying them the League Two title on the final day of the campaign last time out when Shaun Peason's goal in the opening seconds of the game was cancelled out by an equaliser from Argyle striker Jimmy Spencer in a 1-1 draw.

The reverse fixgture also saw a memorable away day victory for Town, as Danny Collins and a second half brace from Omar Bogle saw the Mariners come away with a 3-0 victory to end Plymouth's 14 match unbeaten run at the time. 

Both clubs have met each other 32 times over the years, both sharing 9 wins a piece and drawing 14 games too, so a replay at Blundell Park wouldn't be the most surprising result at the end of play on Saturday afternoon.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: ''This Plymouth team can counter-attack as well and they’re a big threat from set plays because they’ve got the quality of Graham Carey, who has got a wonderful left foot and can deliver from anywhere. They’ve been very solid, albeit they’ve picked up one win and a few draws, but they do seem to be a little bit more consistent now because they do need to pick up points now rather than later. For the bottom-half of League One and the top-half of League Two, let’s hope there’s not too much between us.''



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