Win To Save Their Season? Plymouth Argyle Vs Rotherham United Match Preview

This Friday’s match-up between Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle could prove to be pivotal for the club on the south coast as they look to bounce back from three successive defeats to Preston North End, Norwich City and most recently, Bristol City.

Albeit, their recent losses have been by slim margins, Plymouth will be confident in getting a result against the 24th-placed side who look set for a return to League One next season. Following Ian Foster’s dismissal, Director of Football Neil Dewsnip, assisted by Kevin Nancekivell, will oversee the South Devon side for this crucial fixture and the remainder of the season.

The Millers enjoyed an impressive 2-1 home victory over Millwall on Monday to avoid the inevitable confirmation of their relegation for at least another week. With goals from Sebastian Revan and Charlie Wyke, the South Yorkshire side will be inspired to replicate this success when Plymouth arrive at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Friday.

A lengthy injury list still burdens the home side, however, with Argyle seemingly heading into the affair with a healthier first-team squad. Tottenham Hotspur loanee Alfie Devine picked up a suspension after his second yellow card offence against Bristol City and will therefore be absent from this fixture.

Fortunately, the only other absence will be Darko Gyabi following his groin injury. Rotherham will head into the game missing the following: Tyler Blackett, Sean Morrison, Peter Kioso, Jordan Hugill, Grant Hall, Christ Tiehi and Andre Green – who all look likely to miss most of the season’s climax.

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Plymouth Argyle will be hopeful of a repeat of the reverse fixture between the two sides in December when a 96th-minute winner from talisman Morgan Whittaker sealed all three points in a 3-2 victory for the club. The young winger has been nothing short of scintillating for Argyle this season and has lit up the Championship with 19 goals and 7 assists so far. There is no doubt that the Englishman will be relied upon in this fixture too, with only Sammie Szmodics and Adam Armstrong outscoring the ex-Swansea City man this term.

Writer’s view

It’s undoutbedly the ‘last chance saloon’ for Plymouth Argyle, with other relegation contenders picking up huge points – this game against the Millers is a must-win. Chances for points look slim, with upcoming battles against the likes of Leicester City, Hull City and Stoke City – who are in a similar relegation-threatening position as the Pilgrims.

Furthermore, if all three points go the way of the Devonshire outfit on Friday, they will act as solid foundations to improve morale among the group and may inspire a continuation of good performances in their subsequent, final six games.


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