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Matt Edwards
Friday 15 November 2019

We are back in League Two action tomorrow in a battle of the ‘Green Armys’ as we play host to Plymouth Argyle for the first time.

Mark Cooper’s side go into the game top of League Two following their 2-1 success away to Cheltenham Town last time out, while the Pilgrims sit 13th, suffering a 4-0 defeat to local rivals Exeter City, but bounced back with victory over League One side Bolton Wanderers last weekend in the FA Cup.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the first meeting between the two clubs this season…

What we said:

Mark Cooper talks to media at Cheltenham Town

"Saturday is far more important for us. Coming up against a really big club (in Plymouth) that I am sure will finish at the top end of the league,” said head coach Mark Cooper.

“If you are going to get promoted, you have to finish above Plymouth.

"When you are trying to drastically change the style of play, like what Ryan (Lowe) is trying to implement, it does take time.

“They will get it right and have got good players and Ryan knows how to build a really entertaining team."

What they said:

Ryan Lowe Plymouth Argyle manager

“We're really looking forward to Saturday, two good footballing teams trying to play the right way,” said manager Ryan Lowe.

“I am not surprised they're up at the top, Coops is a great manager and they've got some good players.

“We are going there full of confidence. But so are they, they've only conceded ten goals. We know what they're about, their style of play. It's going to be a good challenge.

“I think they'll certainly be in the top seven, fighting for promotion. We're going there looking to win, though.”

Team news

Forest Green:

Kevin Dawson against Bristol City pre-season

Matt Mills was a welcome return to the starting XI on Tuesday night against Walsall, got just over 60 minutes into his legs.

Kevin Dawson was also given match time on his return from injury, getting half an hour and both will be available for selection for Mark Cooper.

Elliott Frear is going to be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness ahead of tomorrow’s game, suffering an impact injury to his right leg last weekend.

Plymouth Argyle:

Jose Baxter left the club today as a result of his calf injury severely curtailing his availability, bringing to an end the short-term contract.

Meanwhile, Ryan Lowe has reported no injuries heading into the fixture, with Joe Riley returning to training on Tuesday.

About: Plymouth Argyle

As the furthest League club to both the south and the east coasts of the United Kingdom, the three-hour trip from Home Park to The New Lawn seems a comparative breeze for the Pilgrims and their travelling Green Army.

41-year-old Ryan Lowe took charge of Argyle in June of this year, his only previous managerial job seeing him guide Bury to a second-place finish in League Two last season, and their consequent promotion.

His first task was bringing in several new faces to the Plymouth squad ahead of this campaign, six of which joined their former boss after the Shakers’ expulsion from the EFL set-up. A further four players made the step up from the Argyle Academy to earn a pro contract, while Lowe picked another handful from fellow League Two side, the likes of Oldham Athletic and Walsall losing out.

Despite winning their first two games of the League Two season, the 2019/20 campaign hasn’t been as kind to the bookies joint-favourites for promotion as many would have expected. 

A barren run that started at the back-end of August saw the Pilgrims pick up just one win in eight games, before convincing victories against both Carlisle United and Leyton Orient appeared to have turned things round.

Key player: Danny Mayor

Danny Mayor in action for Bury

Danny Mayor signed for Argyle in the summer of 2019, joining forces with his former boss at Bury, and new Pilgrim manager, Ryan Lowe.

Mayor, a creative midfielder, began his career at Preston as a junior, graduating to the professional ranks in 2008.

He has been a near on ever-present for Ryan Lowe this term, only missing one game through suspension and will be a key player for FGR’s midfield to shackle.

Head-to-head:

This is the first meeting between the two clubs.

Plymouth have begun to turn their form of late around, only suffering one defeat in their last six league outings, albeit a heavy one to Exeter.

Meanwhile, Forest Green have just one defeat in their last 10 league games and have conceded just 10 goals in the league so far, the fewest in the division by four goals, with Cheltenham the next fewest.

Coverage:

This game has been designated as an international television match meening, it will not be available for live streaming both in the UK or abroad, our audio service will be available to subscribe to HERE.

If listening on a mobile device, you will need to download the FGR TV app to be able to listen to the match. A full list of frequently asked questions can be found HERE.

Please contact fgrtv@streamamg.com if you have any issues with your FGR Live account.

Full commentary of Saturday’s match will also be available on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on 1413AM.

Stay up to date also on Twitter and Instagram by following @FGRFC_Official, which will have all of the team news before kick-off and updates throughout the game.

There will also be key updates and team news on Facebook. Round-up the clash by checking out the club website where there will be a full report looking back on the encounter.

For full information on making the most of your trip to The New Lawn, visit our first time visitors page HERE