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Preview: Plymouth Argyle (A)

4 October 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Plymouth Argyle (A)

4 October 2019

The Iron return to league action on Saturday as they embark on their longest trip of the season to face Plymouth Argyle (kick-off 3pm).

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After the weekend’s battling 1-1 draw at home to Bradford City, Paul Hurst and his players will be looking for similar character to be shown in the Iron’s away clash with Plymouth Argyle this Saturday, especially after going down to 10-men in the first half.

The Pilgrims sit in mid-table after an mediocre start to the season, following their relegation from League One last season along with the Iron, and will be no doubt be looking to break into the play-off spots with a win, following on from their away win at Mansfield Town last weekend.

A win for the Iron could see them close the gap on teams above them, heading into a match against Northampton Town at the Sands Venue Stadium, a week on Saturday.


Paul Hurst will be without midfielder Matthew Lund, who has so far been an ever-present in the league for the Iron this season, as he begins the first of a three-match suspension after his early dismissal last weekend. Levi Sutton (medial ligaments), who made a return in the Trophy and was on the bench last weekend, and Regan Slater are two possible replacements for the 28-year-old.

The United boss also said there are a few doubts going into the game with the Pilgrims following a bout of illness among the squad. Kevin van Veen (ribs), who missed last weekend's encounter, is available.

Yann Songo'o and Junior Brown both picked up knocks at Walsall a fortnight ago but both played in the encounter against Bradford City last week, while Lee Novak made a return from his ankle injury by making a substitute appearance against the Bantams.

Elsewhere, Jordan Hallam (ankle) and John McAtee (shoulder) remain absent.


Argyle manager Ryan Lowe said: "Paul Hurst is a fantastic manager, he’s been there, done it, seen it. We know they are down the bottom; we said this a few weeks ago but they are in a false position for me. They’re not turning up here just to make their numbers up, they’re turning up here to try and get a win.”


The Iron have won five of their last seven meetings with the Pilgrims, dating back to the era when both clubs were in the Championship.

The two clubs most recent clash came at Home Park, on the final day of last season. The Pilgrims ran out 3-2 winners, with Kyle Wootton and Josh Morris grabbing the goals for the Iron.

2018-19 LG 1 Plymouth 3-2 Iron Wootton, Morris
2018-19 - Sat Oct 27 LG 1 Iron 1-4 Plymouth Novak
2017-18 - Tue May 1 LG 1 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Adelakun, Toney 
2017-18 - Sat Aug 26 LG 1 Plymouth 0-4 Iron Madden 2, Hopper, Morris
2013-14 - Sat Mar 15 LG 2 Plymouth 0-2 Iron Syers, Cole og
2013-14 - Sat Sep 21 LG 2 Iron 1-0 Plymouth Esajas
2009-10 - Sat Mar 20 CHAMP Iron 2-1 Plymouth Thompson, Woolford
2009-10 - Sat Oct 3 CHAMP Plymouth 2-1 Iron Hooper
2007-08 - Tue Mar 11 CHAMP Iron 1-0 Plymouth Morris
2007-08 - Sat Dec 1 CHAMP Plymouth 3-0 Iron  
2001-02 - Tue Jan 22 DIV 3 Plymouth 2-1 Iron Carruthers
2001-02 - Sat Dec 22 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Plymouth Hodges
2000-01 - Sat Mar 17 DIV 3 Iron 4-1 Plymouth Garcia, Torpey, Quailey 2
2000-01 - Tue Oct 17 DIV 3 Plymouth 1-0 Iron  
1998-99 - Tue Mar 30 DIV 3 Plymouth 5-0 Iron  
1998-99 - Sat Aug 29 DIV 3 Iron 0-2 Plymouth  
1995-96 - Sat Feb 10 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Plymouth McFarlane
1995-96 - Tue Jan 23 DIV 3 Plymouth 1-3 Iron Hope, Turnbull, McFarlane
1983-84 - Sat Apr 7 DIV 3 Iron 3-0 Plymouth Bell, Brolly, Cammack
1983-84 - Tue Sep 27 DIV 3 Plymouth 4-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Tue Feb 6 DIV 3 Plymouth 3-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Tue Oct 10 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Plymouth Kirk
1963-64 - Sat Feb 29 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Hodgson
1963-64 - Sat Nov 16 DIV 2 Iron 1-0 Plymouth Neale
1962-63 - Sat Feb 23 DIV 2 Plymouth 2-3 Iron McGuigan, Howells, Brownsword pen
1962-63 - Sat Oct 6 DIV 2 Iron 2-2 Plymouth Godfrey, Hodgson
1961-62 - Sat Mar 31 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Kaye
1961-62 - Sat Nov 11 DIV 2 Iron 5-1 Plymouth Thomas 4, Thorpe
1960-61 - Sat Apr 22 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Thomas, Bonson
1960-61 - Sat Dec 3 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Sharpe
1959-60 - Thu Sep 3 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Sharpe, Haigh
1959-60 - Mon Aug 24 DIV 2 Plymouth 4-0 Iron  
League 15 3 14
Total 15 3 14


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