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Match Previews

Match Preview: Plymouth Argyle vs Macclesfield Town

7 March 2020

The Silkmen make the long journey south to Devon as we prepare to take on promotion chasing Plymouth Argyle in Sky Bet League Two action.

The Pilgrims come into the game looking to close the gap on league leaders Swindon Town, whilst the Silkmen will be eager to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.


Last Time Out

It has been less than three weeks since the reverse fixture at the Moss Rose, where Shilow Tracey’s maiden Silkmen goal was cancelled out by a late Antoni Sarcevic strike.

For more on that game, including full match highlights, click here.


Recent Form

This afternoon’s match is Plymouth’s second home fixture this week after they played host to Grimsby Town on Tuesday evening.

Three first half goals were enough for the Pilgrims to record a comfortable home win with Tyreeq Bakinson, Ryan Hardie and Luke Jephcott all on target.

A home draw against Cambridge United and an away defeat at Bradford City round off the rest of Plymouth’s results since our last encounter.

The Pilgrims boast a strong home record this campaign, and are currently unbeaten in their last four at Home Park - a run stretching back to New Year's Day.


Ones to Watch

Academy graduate Luke Jephcott has continued to impress since breaking into the first team setup, scoring seven league goals in just thirteen outings – including the third goal on Tuesday evening.

Byron Moore has also stood out for the Pilgrims in recent weeks, scoring five goals and adding a further six assists since his move from Bury last summer.

Antoni Sarcevic proved his goalscoring prowess against the Silkmen by netting a late equaliser at Moss Rose - however he will miss this afternoon's match after being shown a red card against Bradford City last weekend.

Argyle captain Gary Sawyer will also miss the game through suspension, after the club decided against appealing his red card - which he also picked up against Bradford City.


View from The Dugouts

Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy spoke of Plymouth's qualities, but insisted we would be well placed to deal with them, ahead of this afternoon’s fixture:

“It’s a long old journey but we will prepare properly, train in the ground, and leave from there,” he said.

“Plymouth have been one of the standout teams we have played, they have had a game midweek, so we have had more of a rest, although obviously they have not travelled.

“They are a team that are flying high in the league, I was super impressed with them here, so we know what we are up against – we know their strengths and weaknesses, so we are ready.”


Meanwhile, Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe praised his players following their convincing victory over Grimsby Town in midweek:

“We look back on it today, do some work today and tomorrow, and then look to put a plan in action for Macclesfield,” he said.

“A lot of credit has to go to the boys.

“We’ve got a good group, we do the work with them, tell them what we want, and they go out and apply it.”


Can't Make The Game?

You can keep up to date with the action via our iFollow Silkmen commentary service.

Andrew Gate will be providing live, uninterrupted commentary from Home Park - with coverage starting at 14:55.

Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates documenting the best of the action as it happens.


You can find more of our pre-match offering linked below:

Away Day Blues

Opposition View

The Complete History of Our Trips to Home Park

Played For Both

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Match Reports

Match Report: Plymouth Argyle 3 - 0 Macclesfield Town

7 March 2020

Ryan Hardie and George Cooper ensured Plymouth would claim all three points on a tough afternoon for the Silkmen on the south coast.

Hardie opened the scoring just past the half hour mark, as he latched onto a long diagonal pass before guiding the ball over the onrushing Jonathan Mitchell and into the net.

George Cooper would add two more in the second half, as Plymouth imposed themselves on the game following a host of Silkmen opportunities.

The Silkmen players could not be accused of a lack of fight, however, as they created numerous openings against one of the league's strongest sides.

Joe Ironside was denied a leveller moments before Plymouth's second by some desperate Argyle defending, whilst Shilow Tracey had come close to restoring parity moments after the Pilgrims' opener.

In a first half filled with chances for both sides, Theo Archibald looked lively early on – his corner forcing Palmer to readjust as the ball span goalward inside the opening minutes.

Joe Ironside would come close moments later, but he couldn’t quite connect with the ball after some good work from Danny Whitehead inside the Plymouth penalty area.

The Pilgrims would respond to this early pressure by putting the ball into the Silkmen goal just shy of the ten-minute mark; but Ryan Hardie quite clearly handled the ball in the build-up and the resulting strike was chalked off.

Macc would press for the opener once again through Ironside, whose looping header clipped the post on its way behind; with Argyle goalkeeper Palmer little more than a spectator as Macc, for a moment, looked set to open the scoring.

Plymouth would react to this scare by creating their best chance of the half up to that point, with Tyreeq Bakinson heading over from close range after an inch perfect cross from Danny Mayor.

Shilow Tracy would then run at the Pilgrims’ backline before trying to slip a ball through to Ironside.

His pass would be intercepted, but the Plymouth defender scuffed his attempted clearance and the ball bobbled just wide of Palmer's goal.

Ironside would be presented with another opportunity to open the scoring, but Palmer smothered the ball at his feet as he looked to divert the ball goalward.

Then came the opener. Hardie connected with a long ball over the top before flicking the ball over Mitchell and into the net.

Tracey almost pulled one back straight away, but he couldn’t find the required finish after a poor Argyle backpass presented him with an unexpected one-on-one opportunity.

Despite Macc starting the opening minutes of the second half on the front foot, Plymouth would force Mitchell into an inspired save ten minutes into the second period; with the Derby loanee clawing the ball to safety as the Pilgrims looked set to double their advantage.

Luke Jephcott struck the post moments later, before Joe Ironside was denied an equaliser by some last-ditch Argyle defending on the goal line.

Just two minutes later, Plymouth would find themselves two ahead.

George Cooper lashed a close-range effort past Mitchell after being picked out by Danny Mayor.

Cooper would add a third with little over ten minutes to play, finding the net from distance with a powerful drive.

The hosts risked little going forward after this, instead opting to see out the remaining minutes by frustrating the Silkmen - who were pushing to reduce the deficit right up until the final minute.

Attendance: 12,310 (111 away).


Macclesfield Town Line-Up: Mitchell, McCourt, Kelleher, Ironside (Blyth, 82’), Archibald, Kirby (Stephens, 76’), Horsfall, O’Keeffe, Whitehead, Tracey (Wilson, 80’), Fitzpatrick.

Unused Substitutes: Hamblin, Tollitt, Cameron.

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Plymouth Argyle (A)

5 March 2020

Macclesfield Town make the long journey to Devon this Saturday, as we take on Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
Ahead of the game, we are pleased to bring you all the ticket news with advance prices reflecting a £2.00 saving compared to those on the day.
Discounted tickets are available from the Moss Rose now, priced at the below -
Adults: £23.00
Concessions: £18.00*
Under 18: £9.00
Wheelchair Adult: £18.00
Wheelchair Concession: £14.00*
Wheelchair Under 18: £7.00
Under 12: £6.00**
Under 8: £3.00

*Concessions are over 65s and under 23s. ID is required for all concessions.

**Under 12 and under 8 tickets can only be sold with a paying adult or concession. Admittance will be refused to any under 12 or under 8 with under 18s or on their own.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will remain on sale here at the Moss Rose until the revised time of 14:00 this afternoon.

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