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Opposition View: Plymouth Argyle (A)

6 March 2020

The Silkmen make the 532-mile round trip to Devon tomorrow, as we take on a Plymouth Argyle side gunning for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League Two. 

The Pilgrims come into this match having won two of their last five fixtures. They beat promotion-rivals Crewe Alexandra 2 - 1 on February 15, before travelling up to Macclesfield and snatching a late draw from Mark Kennedy’s side through a late equaliser from Antoni Sarcevic 

Since then, Ryan Lowe’s side have suffered a couple of disappointing results, with a stalemate against Cambridge United before losing 2 - 1 against Bradford City on February 29.

Plymouth had to deal with extra frustration when their captain Gary Sawyer was given his marching orders for a rash challenge. They finished the game with nine men after Sarcevic picked up a second yellow in the closing stages.  

The Pilgrims got back to winning ways last Tuesday evening, as they comfortably beat Grimsby Town 3 - 0 with all three goals in the first half to continue their promotion push 

Argyle currently sit third on 65 points in an extremely tight Sky Bet League Two promotion race. Their Devon rivals Exeter City are level on points with them in fourth, but have a slightly inferior goal difference.

Ryan Lowe’s side are just four points off league leaders Swindon Town and will no doubt be looking to close the gap on them as the season draws to it's conclusion.


Opposition Manager Quotes: 

Ryan Lowe spoke on Plymouth Argyle’s website after their victory against Grimsby Town in midweek -

He said: “It was always going to be a tough test, Grimsby are in decent enough form - Ollie’s gone in there and turned it around. We felt they would try and play a bit, fair play to them, but we were clinical, especially in the first half. 

“I would’ve liked to be a bit more clinical in the second half but I always want more. A clean sheet and three goals, so very pleasing. 

“We always felt, especially at home, we could play our passing game, breaking through the lines and always be a threat.” 


One To Watch:  

Ryan Hardie has scored two in his last two games for the Pilgrims. The 22-year-old former Rangers academy graduate was signed on loan from Blackpool in January.  

Overall, he has scored six goals from 12 appearances with eight of those coming from the bench. Hardie has averaged 78 minutes per goal since joining Plymouth Argyle. 

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