Wednesday 14th February 2024
Plymouth Argyle FC
Coventry City FC
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Home Park
Match Details
Brendan Galloway in action against Coventry

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The Game 
Argyle v Coventry City. Home Park. Wednesday, 14 February. 7.45pm. Sky Bet Championship.

The Opposition
Coventry's season has certainly been one of two halves so far. They won just three of their opening 16 games, following on from their play-off final heartbreak last season, when they lost to Luton Town in a penalty shoot-out. 

After the November international break, Coventry seemed to kick into gear, and have lost just twice in their last 15 games. The most recent defeat was three games ago, 2-1 to Norwich City, but since then the Sky Blues have played twice at home, winning 4-1 against Sheffield Wednesday and 2-1 against Millwall. 

The Gaffer
Mark Robins came through the ranks at Manchester United, and was part of the squad that won the 1990 FA Cup and the 1991 European Cup-Winners Cup. In a career that also took in spells in Denmark, Spain and Greece, Robins represented Leicester City, Norwich City, Walsall and Rotherham United, among others.

Mark Robins

His first managerial job was at Rotherham, having previously been the assistant manager. This led to a move to Barnsley, followed by a first stint at Coventry, beginning in September 2012. After five relatively successful months, he took a job with Huddersfield Town, where he remained for 18 months. 

After a similar amount of time with Scunthorpe United, Robins was re-appointed as Coventry boss in March 2017, with the Sky Blues in League Two. In six-and-half years, he has take Coventry up twice, and last season got into the Championship play-offs, only to lose to Luton Town in the play-off final, on penalties. 

The Squad
Haji Wright is Coventry's leading scorer, with ten goals. Wright is a USA international who signed for Coventry in the summer of 2023, for a reported fee of £7.7m. The 25-year-old attacker spent time with Schalke 04 in Germany as a young player, before a European tour which took in time at Venlo in the Netherlands, SonderjyskE in Denmark and Antalyaspor of Turkey before moving to England. 

Ben sheaf

Ben Sheaf (above) has been a consistent performer for Coventry this season in the Sky Blues' midfield. Sheaf, who has just turned 26, began his professional career with Arsenal, but failed to truly break through at the Emirates. He had loan spells with Stevenage and Doncaster Rovers before heading to Coventry, initially on loan, in 2020/21. He signed permanently after the season's end, and has been a feature in the heart of their team ever since. 

Coventry signed full-back Milan van Ewijk last summer, for a reported £3.5m. In the league this season he has started 23 games, and made four substitute appearances. He has scored twice. Van Ewijk began at third-tier Excelsior Maassluis, but made his professional debut for ADO Den Haag in the top tier of Dutch football. He then moved to Heerenveen for two seasons, before heading to Coventry in July. 

 

Earlier This Season 
The sides met in Argyle's 18th game of the season, at Coventry. The game finished 1-0 to the Sky Blues, with the goal scored by Haji Wright in the 75th minute, in somewhat controversial fashion, since the ball appeared to have gone out for an Argyle goal-kick, but nothing was given. 

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Tickets
If you have a season ticket and cannot attend, you can make your ticket available via the Ticket Exchange and receive face value credit if your ticket is resold. Find out more about the Ticket Exchange.

Argyle TV
Commentary for the game will be provided by Charlie Price and Marc Edworthy.

Argyle TV’s pre-match show, hosted by Erin Black and Katie Middleton, will begin at 6.45pm, and is available to watch for free on YouTube.

Match passes to watch this game, wherever you are in the world, can be purchased here.

 

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Argyle v Coventry

Argyle 2
Whittaker 55
Miller 68

Coventry City 2
Simms 66
Kitching 90+6

Argyle and Coventry City condensed the scoring action into a frantic 13-minute spell early in the second half at another rammed Home Park, and the Greens came painfully close to emerging as victors from this swift exchange of goals.

There was little between the sides in the opening 45 minutes but it all changed when leading scorer Morgan Whittaker swept the Pilgrims in front after the restart.

Ellis Simms levelled with a scruffy rebound effort on 66 minutes but Argyle immediately piled up the other end and a cross from Mickel Miller took a wicked deflection as it flew into a jubilant home net.

Victory was seconds away when a freak goal, the ball ricocheting off a group of players before creeping over the line, handed Coventry a share of the spoils and a cruel conclusion for the Greens.

Argyle boss Ian Foster made three changes from the weekend defeat at Sunderland, Adam Randell, Matty Sorinola and Lino Sousa coming in for Adam Forshaw, Bali Mumba and Miller.

Coventry came from behind to defeat Millwall on Sunday, Haji Wright scoring both goals for the Sky Blues, although he was only named as a replacement on a dark and drizzly night at Home Park.

Sorinola was the first Pilgrim to brighten the gloom of a soggy Valentine’s night, pinching the ball in midfield to release Whittaker for an inviting cross cleared at a stretch by the Coventry defence.

Whittaker then warmed the hands of Sky Blues’ stopper Bradley Collins, who did well to save low at his near post. Conor Hazard was introduced to the game at the other end with a solid block from Matt Godden’s skidding drive.

A decent start to the game continued with Simms digging out a cross aimed at Jay Dasilva steaming forward from left-back, but Sorinola was alert to the danger. Milan van Ewijk then forced a sprinkle of the best stuff from Hazard, turning a well-placed shot around the post.

The next save from Victor Torp was a lot more comfortable for Hazard but the Sky Blues were looking impressive in possession. Randell broke the loose shackles with a swift counter that saw the ball fed wide for Sousa to cross but Devine was unable to find the right connection to trouble Collins.

The game’s golden chance arrived on 35 minutes and a major reprieve for the Greens, as Godden headed wide with the goal gaping from a Jake Bidwell cross. Ryan Hardie responded with a lovely weaving run but the finish was saved by the legs of Collins.

Whittaker flashed a drive into side-netting to complete the first period and Argyle emerged from the interval full of life, Sousa asking questions with his crossing amid a strong spell of possession.

The game suddenly burst into life, with Devine feeding a pass to Randell, who evaded the Coventry tacklers before a perfectly weight pass inside for the waiting Whittaker to slam a confident finish beyond Collins.

Home Park was rocking as Hardie shaved the post with a fierce drive and the fresh legs of Miller and Mumba replaced Sorinola and Sousa. The new men barely had time to find their rhythm before the Sky Blues levelled, Simms forcing the ball over the line after his initial effort had been saved by Hazard.

Two minutes later, Argyle restored their lead and a reward for Miller, who has been excellent in recent weeks. It all came from a rapid counter and Miller whipped over a cross that deflected off Bobby Thomas and into the net.

The Pilgrims freshened the ranks with the introduction of Julio Pleguezuelo and Ben Waine for Ashley Phillips and Hardie, as Argyle arrived at the closing stages with Lewis Gibson jabbing wide a loose ball from a free-kick.

Thomas headed wide from a corner, as Coventry tried turning the screw. Wright had entered the fray and he tested the pace of Mumba with a quick surge, a test passed with literally flying colours.

Jordan Houghton replaced Whittaker for six minutes of stoppage time, which, of course, were full of tension and nerves. The nightmare scenario then arrived as a free-kick to the near post was hacked clear by Miller but the ball agonisingly smacked into the leg of Coventry's Liam Kitching for a last-gasp equalising goal.

A desperate way to end the night.

Argyle: 21 Conor Hazard; 3 Lino Sousa (14 Mickel Miller 60), 9 Ryan Hardie (23 Ben Waine 77), 10 Morgan Whittaker (4 Jordan Houghton 89), 16 Alfie Devine, 17 Lewis Gibson, 18 Darko Gyabi, 20 Adam Randell, 22 Brendan Galloway, 26 Ashley Phillips (5 Julio Pleguezuelo 77), 29 Matty Sorinola (2 Bali Mumba 60). Substitutes (not used): 25 Callum Burton (gk), 6 Dan Scarr, 8 Joe Edwards, 35 Freddie Issaka.

Booked: Randell 18

Coventry City: 40 Brad Collins; 3 Jay Dasilva, 4 Bobby Thomas, 9 Ellis Simms, 15 Liam Kitching, 21 Jake Bidwell (11 Haji Wright 62), 22 Joel Latibeaudiere (cap) (28 Josh Eccles 77), 24 Matt Godden (7 Tatsuhiro Sakamoto 62), 27 Milan Van Ewijk, 29 Victor Torp, 45 Kasey Palmer. Substitutes (not used): 13 Ben Wilson (gk), 2 Luis Binks, 6 Liam Kelly, 30 Fabio Tavares, 41 Dermi Lusala, 54 Kai Andrews.

Booked: Simms 63, Latibeaudiere 75, Thomas 85

Referee: Keith Stroud

Attendance: 16,799 (1,708 away)