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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Plymouth Argyle

9 March 2018

Fleetwood Town return to action this Saturday after an unexpected week off thanks to the ‘Beast From The East’ when in form Plymouth Argyle make the long trip North to Highbury for the 3pm kick off.

Arygle were also affected by the bad weather as their match at Rochdale was postponed, so both sides will be keen to mark their returns to action with three points.

Plymouth’s last match ended in a 1-0 victory over Bradford City with the goal coming from former Cod, Antoni Sarcevic.

John Sheridan’s thoughts…

“Full credit to Plymouth, they’ve done well. When I went into the club [as manager], they were in a similar position at the bottom of the league, and I am proud of what I did down there. I left them in a stable position after keeping them up we did well to reach the play-offs.

“The club have an excellent Chairman in place, but I just have to focus on Fleetwood and use what I have done at other places and do that here. It’s a vulnerable position but I want to keep the club in the league. That’s all I am looking at, so I can’t plan to far ahead. I’ve done it before, I hope to do it again.”

Derek Adams’ thoughts…

“Fleetwood are a side towards the bottom of the table and they have just changed their manager. They are looking to have an upturn in fortunes and we have got to guard against that.

“He [Sheridan] came in [to Plymouth] under difficult circumstances and was able to stave off relegation to the Conference. At that time the football club were in a difficult spell, but the chairman (James Brent), John and (former manager) Carl Fletcher all have to take tremendous credit for keeping it in the league.

“Nothing surprises me in this league because it’s a tough league where most teams can beat everybody. We have shown that, and other teams have done the same.”

Form Guide

Fleetwood ended their eight-match losing run with a 1-1 draw against MK Dons last time out, thanks to Ash Hunter’s wonder strike.

Argyle have been flying in Sky Bet League One, having won six on the bounce and have lost just once since the end of November, with that being a 3-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic.

We’ve Met Before

Goals from Jordy Hiwula and Amari’i Bell sealed a big win for the Cod Army last time they faced Plymouth, as Uwe Rosler’s side snatched a 2-1 win at Home Park in October.

Town’s record before that game was mixed, with two wins and two defeats against the Devon side. In their first ever meeting, Town won 3-0 at Highbury in 2012, however two years later the Green Army won 4-0.

One to Watch

Irish midfielder Graham Carey is a player who is popular amongst the Argyle faithful. The former Celtic player has spent most of his career in Scotland with St Mirren and Ross County, but also spent a loan spell at Huddersfield. Despite speculation that Carey would leave the club in the summer, he signed a new contract in June to keep him at the club where he has gained cult status. Between 2009 and 2010 he represented Republic of Ireland U21’s six times. He’s been influential in Plymouth’s amazing run this term, scoring ten times and sitting top of their scoring charts.

Betting Odds

League partners Sky Bet have released their odds for Saturday’s clash, and have Fleetwood at 6/4 to claim victory. Our visitors are 9/5 with a draw coming in at 9/4.

Ashley Hunter grabbed the goal in Town’s last match, as for him to score first in a 2-1 Town win is available at a hefty 40/1.

For correct score betting, 1-0 to Fleetwood is 13/2, while 2-0 is 11/1. If you’re feeling lucky, 3-0 is priced at 25/1.

More odds are available online. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Town dominate but have to settle for Plymouth point

Madden's second half leveller ensures points are shared

10 March 2018

John Sheridan continued his unbeaten start as Fleetwood head coach as Paddy Madden scored a vital equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Madden’s goal was fine reward for an impressive and dominant performance from Town, who were unlucky not to have taken all three points, despite Moses Makasi’s first half goal to give Argyle the lead.

Ashley Hunter shone brightest in the match, and was unlucky not to have a goal to his name, while Conor McAleny and Lewie Coyle both had great chances to score. Town also had two very contentious penalty decisions turned down by the referee.

Sheridan made three changes to the side that faced Milton Keynes Dons two weeks ago, with Nathan Pond, Gethin Jones and Jack Sowerby coming into the starting line up ahead of Cian Bolger, Toumani Diagouraga and Bobby Grant.

The inform visitors had lost just once since November and started quickly out the blocks, showing a taste of why they have been in such fine form. Early on they looked dangerous on the counter attack, but good defending in the box from Town’s back line quelled any danger.

Argyle were displaying some slick passing play, but it was Town who had the best chance of the opening proceedings, and they should have been a goal up. A dangerous break saw Madden slip through Hunter, who had the freedom of the Fylde Coast, but decided to pass to the onrushing McAleny and the ball was ushered to safety.

Minutes later a corner was cleared out to Kyle Dempsey, who opted to shoot, but his volley sailed wide.

Fleetwood were beginning to exploit the Argyle defence but could not find a breakthrough as Hunter was next to have a shot off target.

It was though the visitors who took the lead against the run of play as Makasi was able to take advantage of a lapse of concentration just outside of the Fleetwood box and curl one past a helpless Alex Cairns.

The goal seemed to fire up both sides, and when a strong tackle by Coyle saw the Leeds loanee booked perhaps harshly, it too fired up the crowd, to which Town reacted.

Hunter was looking lively down the left hand side and causing problems against his counterpart Threlkeld, and with the right final product, Fleetwood would be able to create something.

Town’s 22 was getting closer, but there was still equaliser. This time, he volleyed over from inside the area under pressure.

In a fine attacking move, there was to be more agony at the end, as McAleny fired Coyle’s superb cross over the bar from inside the six yard box. It was just wasn’t going Fleetwood’s way.

Next it was fingertips of Remi Matthews that would deny Fleetwood, as Demspey and Hunter showcased some nice link up play in the area, before the goalkeeper saved McAleny’s curling effort.

There was more of the same at the start of the second period as Hunter again used the left side to attack with pace however the Cod Army were becoming continually frustrated.

Cue Madden to level the scores ten minutes into the second period. Just as Plymouth had looked to have tightened up at the back, a wonderful cross from Hunter caused the Argyle back line to freeze, and allow Madden to tap in the far post under no pressure and score a deserved a equaliser for Sheridan’s men.

Town were now well on top and were looking the likelier of the two sides to score. Hunter was still causing havoc, teeing up Coyle for a powerful drive which went over the bar.

Fleetwood were getting closer, as McAleny broke loose in the area and perhaps was cruelly denied a penalty when his ball hit Yann Songo’o in the arm. Madden then flashed a ball across the face of goal that needed just a hint of a Fleetwood touch to take it in.

Argyle were now rattled as Town threw everything at the Devon side. This did leave Fleetwood vulnerable on the break through, and the visitors did threaten with a dangerous ball into the area, but it was well dealt with.

With five minutes to go, the game was tightly poised with all the play for. Cairns was forced into a brilliant low save from Graham Carey inside the area.

Sheridan’s last throw of the dice saw Wes Burns and Jordy Hiwula come on as Fleetwood looked to carve out what would be a deserved win.

Yet another penalty claim went begging - this one a lot more clear cut – and left those inside Highbury fuming as the referee waved away the remonstrations.

That was to be the last action of a frenetic game, which Fleetwood dominated but could not find that winning goal.

Fleetwood Town XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Eastham, Pond ©, Dempsey, McAleny, Madden, Glendon (Biggins), Jones, Hunter, Sowerby.

Substitutes: Neal (GK), Hiwula, Burns, Grant, Maguire, Diagouraga.

Plymouth Argyle XI: Matthews (GK), Sawyer (Taylor-Sinclair), Songo’o, Ness (Ainsworth), Carey, Lameiras, Makasi (Grant), Threlkeld, Taylor, Vyner, Fox.

Substitutes: Letheren (GK), Fletcher, Law, Sangster.

Referee: D Handley

Attendance: 3,079 (605 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets still available for Plymouth fixture

9 March 2018

Tickets still available on sale for Saturday’s home game against Derek Adams’ Plymouth Argyle.

Fleetwood Town head coach John Sheridan will be hoping to get all three points against former side Plymouth, so his side can climb the table.

This game will see the return of midfielder Antoni Sarcevic, who notably scored the winning goal in Town’s Wembley triumph against Burton Albion in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final four years ago.

The fixture this weekend will also be Toumani Diagouraga’s first chance to face off against his old side, after leaving them for Town in January.

Prices are as follows:

Adults - from £17

Seniors - from £13

Students - from £5

Under 18s - from £5

Under 16s - from FREE

To book, or for further information on this fixture, contact the ticket office on 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.

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