Match Report: Plymouth Argyle 1 – 1 Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury Town earn a point at Home Park but Sam Ricketts will be concerned about his mounting injury list.

Goalkeeper
Matija Sarkic was forced off in the 54th minute with a hamstring
injury, as he joins the likes of Rekeil Pyke, Dave Edwards, Sean Goss, and Ryan
Sears in the treatment room.

However,
Town were given a boost yesterday afternoon with the acquisition of Leon
Clarke. The former Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday, and Sheffield United striker
made his debut from the bench.

Nigel Jemson
was the last Shrewsbury player to net a winner at Home Park in August 2001.
Josh Vela’s first goal for the club put the visitors on the right path to end a
19 year wait for a victory at Plymouth. However, Connor Grant’s 29th
minute equaliser ensured that both sides shared the spoils.

Sam Ricketts
made two changes from the side that lost 2-1 against Northampton. Aaron Pierre
returned from suspension whilst Dan Udoh was handed a start. Ethan
Ebanks-Landell dropped to the bench, and Rekeil Pyke begins his four-month
recovery from a thigh injury.

Town started
the contest in a positive fashion. Josh Vela had time and space outside the
area but blazed high and wide. And former Shrewsbury defender Niall Canavan
appeared keen to help his ex-side when his under hit back pass, caused Mike
Cooper to hurriedly clear with Dan Udoh bearing down on goal.

Sam Ricketts’
side were rewarded for their dominance with the opening goal in the 14th
minute. Brad Walker found Josh Vela who whipped an effort from the edge of the
box into the back of the net.

At the other
end, former Stoke City striker Dom Telford spun his marker and forced Matija
Sarkic into a decent save. Then Telford profited from a fine George Cooper
cross as Sarkic kept out the header with Aaron Pierre blocking the rebound.

Ryan Lowe’s
side deservedly located the equaliser moments later. George Grant’s curling
left footed effort beat Matija Sarkic all ends up.

Shrewsbury
had the final chance of an even first period. Dan Udoh’s low driving cross was
aimed at Jason Cummings but the Scot was unable to provide the telling
connection.

Plymouth
began the second half with purpose. Kell Watts turned possession over to George
Cooper – the ex Crewe and Peterborough midfielder was thwarted by Aaron
Pierre’s timely block.

A switch
in-between the sticks due to Matija Sarkic’s hamstring injury, saw Harry
Burgoyne make his Salop league debut. The keeper had a loan spell at Argyle in
2018, but didn’t play a competitive minute due to sustaining a broken ankle.

But it was
his opposite number Mike Cooper that was worked once more. Jason Cummings’ low
strike was kept out by the Pilgrims’ stopper.

The clash
became end to end with both sides turning the screw. Ex Chelsea striker Frank
Nouble forced a Harry Burgoyne into a confidence boosting save after meeting an
expert delivery courtesy of Brian Moore. Nouble was at it again 15 minutes from
time – his shot was blocked by Burgoyne’s leg.

The home
side were enjoying the best of the chances toward the end of the game. Ryan
Hardie was denied by Burgoyne, that opportunity arrived after Jason Cummings’
wild attempt.

A point was
a fair result on a Baltic afternoon in Devon. Town are at home to Gillingham
next time out, whilst Plymouth visit Hull.

Team Line
Ups:

Plymouth
Argyle

1. M. Cooper, 5. Wootton, 6. Canavan, 2. Watts, 17. Moore, 16. Macleod (30), 15. Grant, 32. G. Cooper, 10. Mayor, 7. Nouble, 11. Telford (66)

Subs: 8. Edwards, 9. Hardie (66), 19. Lolos, 20. Randell, 26. Ruddy, 28. Camara (30), 37. Pursall

Subs Not Used: 8. Edwards, 19. Lolos, 20. Randell, 26. Ruddy, 37. Pursall

Shrewsbury
Town

31. Sarkic
(56), 18. Fossey, 2. Pierre, 5. Williams, 3. Golbourne, 25. High (62), 16.
Walker, 10. Vela, 35. Cummings, 23. Udoh (70), 7. Whalley

Subs: 1. Burgoyne (56), 8. Norburn (62), 11. Clarke (70), 17. Love, 19. Barnett, 22. Daniels, 24. Ebanks-Landell

Subs Not Used: 17. Love, 19. Barnett, 22. Daniels, 24. Ebanks-Landell

Other League
One Results: (at the time of writing)

Accrington 1 – 4 Oxford
Crewe 2 – 0 MK Dons
Doncaster 4 – 1 Bristol Rovers
Fleetwood 0 – 1 AFC Wimbledon
Gillingham 2 – 0 Blackpool
Ipswich 2 – 0 Rochdale
Northampton 0 – 2 Hull
Portsmouth 1 – 2 Wigan
Sunderland 1 – 0 Peterborough
Swindon 4 – 2 Burton

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