Monday, March 19, 2012

Argyle Demons?

So our next game in the hectic month of March comes tomorrow evening as Rovers travel south west to Plymouth Argyle's Home Park, hoping to inflict defeat on the struggling Pilgrims. Both sides go in to the game buoyed by weekend victories and Rovers will know the Argyle pitch will be conducive to the passing football we tried to play on Saturday, despite the atrocious weather conditions that saturated the Memorial Stadium pitch. With Mark McGhee's new target a top 10 finish, we'll go in to the game looking for a 3 points haul against a side who managed to take the same from our place at Christmas. Dark days.

Plymouth came to the Mem in December and managed to overturn a 2 goal deficit to win the game in the last minute courtesy of an Ashley Hemmings goal. For Gasheads it was one of the lowest points of the season as although the football we played was poor, we were 2-0 up at home and still managed to throw the game away - for Argyle fans though it was sheer joy at the way in which their battling side came back to nick the victory. The squad, much changed from the reverse fixture, will be heading down to Cornwall tomorrow concentrating fully on the task in hand and won't be thinking about revenge, even if deep down they want to. 

Chris Zebroski should retain his place and feature against Paul Wotton for the first time since an unsavoury incident saw the pair sent back from a pre-season tour whilst at Argyle in 2007. It would ensure a fiery clash should both players play, but Wotton was substituted on Saturday with an injury and could miss out tomorrow evening - thankfully. 
Zebroski in action at Southend

Aside from his potential absence, Plymouth could also be without the influential Alex MacDonald, Nick Chadwick and Warren Feeney for the game which would certainly be a blow to their attacking threat. Carl Fletcher will ensure that that won't effect them though and they will have a contingency plan should the quartet miss out. Aside from that and the home side should field a team similar to the one that kept Shrewsbury shut out on Saturday.

It's a huge game for the home side, make no mistake about it, but Rovers just need to go out and play the passing, attacking football that has earned us many plaudits since McGhee took over. Easier said then done but confidence will be high after our win, so hopefully we can make it a double with a derby day victory.

Come on Gas.

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