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22nd february 2002 


  • Plymouth Argyle (away ko 3:00pm)

    The Reds will be hoping to bounce back from that disastrous showing against Macclesfield by at least coming back with a share of the spoils at Plymouth.
    But to be honest it looks like being a formidable task.

    Our injury list is as long as a mans arm and it doesn't show much sign of easing.

    We will be without Richie Appleby for certs along with Bo Henriksen who also has a hamstring injury plus a groin injury.
    Richie will be out for at least a month and maybe longer after tearing his already damaged hamstring on Tuesday evening.

    Midfielders Andy Ducros (foot) and Sam Shilton (flu - still?) have a slightly higher than nil chance of playing and Abdou Sall is also unlikely to recover from a knee injury in time for the visit to Home Park.

    Danny Williams will be having the stitches removed from the knee wound he received at Swansea and his availability will be decided tomorrow although he only has a slim chance of playing.

    So it looks like being a recall for Tony Bird to the squad along with Matt Lewis and Daire Doyle continuing on the bench.

    Even with all these problems Jan is still hopeful of coming back with something:
    "It's going to be an awful lot to ask, but we have to go there and believe that we can win.
    There won't be any pressure on us to win down there, but they'll certainly be pressure from within because we do feel that if we perform on the day we can give anyone a game.

    Plymouth have done very well, their defence is very sound and they haven't lost an awful lot of games home or away.

    They are difficult to play against.

    Our away record has been so-so, although since November it's not been too bad, so it's going to be difficult for us."

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Danby, Joy, Stamps, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Williams, Davies, Bennett, Doyle, Larkin, Broughton, Foster, Bird, Lewis.

    Plymouth are going great guns at the top of the league, although they were tipped at the start of the season to be thereabouts not many thought they would be at the top for so long.

    They are also ten points in front of the nearest contenders, Luton.

    Their only problem at home seems to be a lack of goals in the back of the net.
    They have only scored 29 at home, compare that to Mansfield in third place, they have scored 35 at home.
    Even more impressive is tenth placed Hartlepool who have grabbed 37 at home.

    Our tactics should be to try and hold them and hopefully hit them on the break.

    Argyle will have former Baggies front man Mickey Evans back from injury along with Kevin Wills who had an ankle injury last week.

    They have no other outstanding injury problems and so this will be their squad tomorrow.

    Plymouth (from):
    Larrieu, Worrell, Wotton, Coughlan, Beswetherick, Taylor, Phillips, Adams, Friio, Hodges, Wills, Broad, Heaney, Evers, Evans, Stonebridge, Sturrock, Keith, McCormick, McGlinchey.



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