Shrewsbury Town are back on the road tomorrow as they travel to Devon to face Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
After four consecutive draws, Salop will be hoping this is the game that finally yields the three points they’ve come so close to in recent weeks. Plymouth head into this fixture off the back of a convincing victory on Tuesday night – a 4-1 win away at Crewe Alexandra. Argyle were losing at half-time, but three goals in eight minutes at the start of the second half quickly changed things around before Ryan Hardie’s 85th minute (hattrick completing) goal put the result well beyond doubt.
As ever, a victory is important for both sides as Salop look to pull away from the teams below them and Plymouth look to make the short leap into the play-offs.
Argyle sit in 8th place, three points behind Wycombe Wanderers – who occupy the final play-off spot – but they have a game in hand over the Chairboys. They are a side who are more than capable of scoring goals and boast the joint-fourth highest number of goals scored in the league, the most out of anyone outside the top five. The reverse fixture was back in August and saw the visitors pick up all three points at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
Name: Plymouth Argyle
Chairman/Owner: Simon Hallett
Biggest Win: 8-1 Vs Millwall – Second Division – 16th January 1932
Biggest Defeat: 0-9 vs Stoke City – Second Division – 17th December 1960
Highest League Finish: Fourth place – Second Division – 1952/53
Key Player: Ryan Hardie
Scottish striker Ryan Hardie is without a doubt Plymouth’s dangerman. He was an integral part of their promotion from Sky Bet League Two as a loan player and signed on a permanent deal halfway through the campaign. He already has 12 goals this season, got two goals and an assist in the reverse fixture, and scored his first hattrick of the season on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old came through Glasgow Rangers’ academy before transferring to Blackpool in 2019. The Tangerines loaned him to Plymouth for 12 months before the deal became permanent. He is now approaching his 100th Argyle appearance and has 38 goal contributions to his name already.