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Match Preview: Plymouth v Fleetwood

6 October 2017

The Cod Army make their longest journey of the season – a 650 mile return trip - as they head to Devon to take on Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on Saturday.

Fleetwood will be looking to build on a positive result following Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Morecambe in the Checkatrade Trophy. Wes Burns’ long distance strike and an own goal won the contest for Town and put them on the cusp of the knockout stages.

Tough start for Argyle

The Pilgrims have found it tough in Sky Bet League One since gaining promotion from the fourth tier last season, and sit bottom of the table after 11 games.

They do however go into Saturday’s match on the back of a win against local rivals Exeter City on Tuesday. The Checkatrade Trophy tie ended 2-2 but Plymouth won the extra point with victory on penalties.

Argyle have lost seven of their last nine matches, but did record an impressive 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic in August when Jake Jervis scored twice.

We’ve met before

Plymouth and Fleetwood have met four times in the past, all in League Two, and both sides have won two matches apiece.

The last meeting was a comprehensive 4-0 win for the Green Army at Highbury in February 2014. The previous fixture at Home Park saw an away victory as a David Ball double secured a 2-0 win for Town.

The first two meetings saw a 3-0 Fleetwood win at Highbury and a 2-1 Plymouth victory in Devon.

Ones to watch

Winger Jake Jervis has been a shining light in Argyle’s difficult start and as well that brace against Charlton, has also featured in all but two of their games so far.

A product of the Wolverhampton Wanderers youth system, Jervis signed his first professional contract with Birmingham City. Jervis had been loaned out to plenty of Football League clubs including Preston, Carlisle and Portsmouth, before signing for Turkish side Elazigspor in 2013. After a spell at Ross County, Plymouth signed him in 2015 where he has since made almost 100 appearances.

Irish midfielder Graham Carey is another 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.

A name all Fleetwood supporters will be familiar with is Antoni Sarcevic. Town’s 2014 Play Off Final hero now plies his trade down in Devon since his move from Shrewsbury Town in January.

The Manchester native played over 100 times for Town between 2013 and 2016, scoring 18 times, and can now add two Argyle goals to his tally which came at the end of the last season. Town certainly know Sarcevic proves a threat on Saturday afternoon.

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Hiwula and Bell goals fire Town to fine away victory

7 October 2017

Fleetwood made the 650 mile round trip to Plymouth worthwhile as they recorded a fine 2-1 victory.

Jordy Hiwula’s fourth goal of the season in the second half put Town ahead, before two goals in stoppage time meant an exhilarating finish to the match. Amari’i Bell doubled the lead, before Alex Fletcher headed merely a consolation in the 94th minute. 

After wringing the changes in Town’s 2-1 win over Morecambe in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek, Uwe Rosler named the same starting line-up that began last Saturday’s home defeat to Charlton Athletic.

Having had a less than desirable start to the season, Argyle had a point to prove and began the game brightly. Graham Carey whipped in an early cross which Cairns dealt with, inside the opening minute.

Up the other end, Town were looking dangerous. Hiwula sprung the offside trap, but couldn’t get a clean connection with Cian Bolger’s long ball over the top, with Kyle Letheren in the Plymouth net first to it.

Plymouth’s Gregg Wylde was the next to have a go in a lively opening ten minutes, with his long range strike taking a slight deflection to send it just over the bar.

Argyle were growing in confidence and began piling on the pressure at a drizzly Home Park. The hosts were looking threatening on the break, especially with Carey, but there was little real end product.

The Cod Army were themselves giving it a go though. A succession of corners came to nothing, but were evening the game out further into the first period. They were given a good chance to create something when Devante Cole was brought down just outside the area, but George Glendon’s free kick was blocked, and then cleared.

In a smart breakaway move, Town very nearly had the lead as Hiwula latched onto the long ball and beat Letheren. Town were a matter of centimeters away from leading as the ball rolled towards the goal, but it was cleared in the final moments off the line by Ryan Edwards.

There was no letup in the liveliness of the contest as chances came and went at both ends, but two tight defensives put paid to any goals in the first half which the hosts probably edged.

The heaven’s opened during the break and the teams re-entered the field to torrential conditions on the Devon coast.

Argyle were very nearly ahead early on in the second half as a free kick from Carey tested the reflexes of Cairns, who produced a fantastic save to deny the midfielder.

The Argyle faithful were really beginning to back their team, who were searching for their first league win since August. With the vocal backing of the fans, Argyle had much more of the second half possession but had as of yet created any danger.

A cruel twist of fortune was to fall Plymouth’s way as much against the run of play, it was Fleetwood who took the lead in the match. Bobby Grant pounced on an error from former Town man Antoni Sarcevic and played a sweet through ball to Hiwula, who couldn’t miss as he struck past Letheren. The 139 Cods behind the goal who had made the mammoth 325-mile journey certainly enjoyed that one!

Town could have been two up just a few moments after the restart as the Cole-Hiwula partnership which has served Rosler’s side so well this season almost produced the good again. A startling run from Cole resulted in him finding his strike partner, but Hiwula’s effort was just over the bar.

With the 1-0 lead in the balance, the Town fans behind the goal at Home Park were certainly the louder of the two sets of supporters as they tried to push Fleetwood to victory.

In the final minutes, Town continued to search for a second but were denied by a resilient Argyle back line, who themselves were pushing forward for an equaliser.

Victory was in the bag in stoppage time as Town made it 2-0 when Bell completed his own mazey run with a powerful low drive in the bottom corner.

It was the perfect finish to a match that Town deserved to win, but it still wasn’t over. From the restart, Argyle got themselves back into the game with the last kick of the game, as Fletcher headed past Cairns.

The breathless stoppage time was eventually over as the ref called time and confirm Fleetwood second victory in 5 days.

Plymouth Argyle XI: Letheren (GK), Sawyer ©, Songo’o, Edwards, Ness, Sarcevic (Fletcher), Carey, Blisset, Jervis (Lameiras), Threlkeld (Taylor-Sinclair) Wylde.

Subs not used: Ciftci, Grant, Fox, Cooper (GK).

Fleetwood Town XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Bell, Eastham, Pond ©, Hiwula (Burns), Dempsey, Grant, Bolger, Glendon (O’Neill) Cole.

Subs not used; Neal (GK), Hunter, Schwabl, Sowerby, Cargill.

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 8064 (139 away)

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Ticket News

Plymouth tickets and travel now on sale

27 September 2017

Tickets and coach travel for Fleetwood Town's trip to Plymouth Argyle are now on sale.

Uwe Rosler's side make their longest journey of the season on Saturday 7th October (3pm k/o), against the Green Army - making almost a 650 mile round trip!

FTFC supporters will be situated in the Barn Park Stand. Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - £21

Over 65s/18-21 - £16

Under 18s - £8

***PLEASE NOTE ALL TICKETS INCREASE BY £2 EACH WHEN PURCHASED ON MATCH DAY*** 

Plymouth also offer tickets in the family section, costing £27 (1 adult & 1 under 18).

Coach travel

The club are also running a supporters coach that will be departing Highbury at 6am, costing only £15 for all supporters!

Chairman Andy Pilley has once again subsidised the cost of away travel for all Fleetwood Town with coach travel heavily discounted for the rest of the season!

Tickets and coach travel can be purchased from the ticket office at Highbury Stadium, or over the phone by calling 01253 775080.

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