Saturday 3rd February 2024
Swansea City AFC
Plymouth Argyle FC
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The Game
Swansea City v Argyle. Stadium. Saturday, 3 February. 3pm. Sky Bet Championship.

The Opposition
Swansea come into this game on 33 points from 29 games, which puts them in 17th place. The Swans are two positions below Argyle, on the the same points; the Greens have played a game fewer. 

Swansea come into this game on the back of three straight defeats, but that probably does not tell the full story. Those losses have come at home to Southampton, whose unbeaten run stretches back to September; against Premier League Bournemouth, in the Emirates FA Cup; and, on Tuesday night, away to league leaders Leicester City. 

The Gaffer
Luke Williams took over as Swansea manager on 5 January, returning to a club where he had previously been assistant manager. 

Williams never had a professional career as a player, but took up coaching early, coaching in the academies of various clubs, most notably Brighton and Hove Albion, where he rose to the level of under-23s manager. 

Luke Williams

Williams became the assistant manager of Swindon Town, and eventually the manager of the Robins, but would leave following their relegation to League Two. After a period with Bristol City's under-23s, Williams became Russell Martin's assistant at Milton Keynes Dons, following him to Swansea. 

In June 2022, Williams was appointed manager of Notts County, in the Vanarama National League, and was a revelation. County finished second, eventually going up via the play-offs, and scoring 117 goals. 

Back in the EFL, Williams had elevated County to fifth place when opting to return to South Wales, replacing Michael Duff as Swansea manager. 

The Squad
Swansea have signed three players in the transfer window, all attacking players, two of them arriving on Deadline Day. 

Polish international Przemysław Płacheta was the last through the door, signing on a permanent deal from Norwich City, where he had spent the previous four seasons, also spending time on loan at Birmingham City. Placheta has played 16 times for Norwich in the Championship this season, three of those being starts. 

The Swans have also added Charles Sagoe jr to their ranks. The 19-year-old winger is on loan from Arsenal. 

Swansea have also signed Brazilian wideman Ronald, from Gremio Anapolis. The 22-year-old made his debut on Tuesday when Swansea played Leicester City. 

Earlier This Season
The sides met in October, at Home Park, with Argyle taking the lead through Luke Cundle, and retaining it until half-time. However, the Swans came back after the break, and scored via Jerry Yates, Olly Cooper and Josh Key, to win 3-1. 

Argyle v Swansea

A Strip for the Trip
Argyle will be wearing their green home kit for this game. 

Tickets for this game are sold out for Argyle supporters. 

Argyle TV
Argyle TV’s pre-match show, with Charlie Price and Marc Edworthy, will begin at 2pm, and is available to watch for free on YouTube. Commentary will be provided from the Stadium by Rob McNichol and Ryan Brunt. International supporters can buy a match pass to watch the game, here.

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Argyle celebrate scoring at Swansea

Swansea City 0

Argyle 1
Whittaker 18

Morgan Whittaker returned to familiar territory to score the only goal in a classic away performance from Argyle and the long wait for a victory on the road is over.

Whittaker struck the winner on 18 minutes, as the Greens played with superb efficiency and belief in a first half that left the Swans scrabbling to find an answer to their attacking conundrum.

The Pilgrims remained steadfast after the break, despite a late onslaught, and secured three massive points to perfectly set up a busy February of league and cup commitments.

Argyle Head Coach Ian Foster made three changes from the FA Cup draw at Leeds United, Alfie Devine, Darko Gyabi and Adam Forshaw all returning to the side, with Caleb Roberts, Adam Randell and Callum Wright dropping to a bench that also included new signing Lino Sousa.

After an early spell of sparring from both teams, a Swansea free-kick caused brief ructions in the Argyle defence, Ben Cabango lashing the loose ball over the bar from a decent position.

The Pilgrims responded with a swift surge, Whittaker’s shot deflected wide after precise inter-play with Ryan Hardie. The Swans asked the next question, Jerry Yates feeding a pass to Brazilian winger Ronald, who sliced his shot well wide.

Good defending from Ashley Phillips thwarted the next Swansea foray and Argyle were in front moments later. First, a dipping effort from Whittaker, playing against his former club, was tipped over by Carl Rushworth.

The corner was taken short to Devine, who slipped a pass to Adam Forshaw, then on to Whittaker and he added to an impressive scrapbook of goals with a typically powerful strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Jamie Paterson pinged an effort over the bar for the hosts but Argyle looked generally comfortable in defensive areas. When the Swans did move the quickly into the box, Bali Mumba was in the right place to execute a superb last-ditch tackle.

The lively Ronald then picked out Yates for a shot superbly repelled by the legs of Conor Hazard. Argyle saw out the remainder of the first period with the calm assurance that is becoming an early hallmark of the Foster reign.

A stooping header from Yates was narrowly off target in the first act of the second period before the Pilgrims settled back into a compact defensive shape, as the Swans became increasingly frustrated by their lack of opportunities.

At the other end, Argyle continued to look a threat and a cross from Hardie picked out Devine, who saw his blocked shot fall to Mumba. The Swans managed another scrambled block and the rebound strike from Mickel Miller was too high.

There was fantastic confidence in Argyle’s work, with Devine living up to his name in midfield. Substitute Przemyslaw Placheta rifled a left-foot drive over the bar before another pinged pass from Devine picked out the onrushing Miller for a shot into the side-netting.

Alert goalkeeping from Hazard ensured a deflected cross was clawed away from the line before Foster freshened up the troops with the introduction of Ben Waine and Adam Randell for Hardie and Devine.

Placheta, impressive since coming on, had another effort that flashed over the bar before Waine pinched the ball from Cabango and was unlucky to see his shot blocked.

Swansea conjured their beat chance six minutes from time, Liam Cullen smashing a fierce drive against the bar from just outside the box, as Argyle turned to the bench, Matty Sorinola and Lino Sousa replacing Mumba and Miller.

Argyle faced an inevitable barrage in the closing stages, Forshaw and Hazard both digging out crucial clearances before the all-action Phillips fended a dangerous cross.

Five minutes of added time felt like a lifetime but Hazard produced one more top save to thwart substitute Charlie Patino, and a fabulous three points for Argyle.

Swansea City: 22 Carl Rushworth; 4 Jay Fulton (17 Przemyslaw Placheta 56), 5 Ben Cabango, 8 Matt Grimes (capt), 9 Jerry Yates (20 Liam Cullen 68), 12 Jamie Paterson, 14 Josh Tymon, 23 Nathan Wood, 26 Kyle Naughton, 31 Ollie Cooper (18 Charlie Patino 77), 35 Ronald (24 Charles Sagoe Jr 77). Substitutes (not used): 1 Andy Fisher (gk), 7 Joe Allen, 19 Mykola Kukharevych, 33 Bashir Humphreys, 50 Filip Lissah.

Booked:  Cabango 22, Cooper 71.

Argyle: 21 Conor Hazard; 2 Bali Mumba (29 Matthew Sorinola 86), 9 Ryan Hardie (23 Ben Waine 75), 10 Morgan Whittaker (capt) (5 Julio Pleguezuelo 90), 14 Mickel Miller (3 Lino Sousa 86), 16 Alfie Devine (20 Adam Randell 75), 17 Lewis Gibson, 18 Darko Gyabi, 22 Brendan Galloway, 26 Ashley Phillips, 27 Adam Forshaw. Substitutes (not used): 25 Callum Burton (gk), 11 Callum Wright, 34 Caleb Roberts, 35 Freddie Issaka.

Booked: Hazard 71, Gyabi 76, Miller 82.

Referee: Sam Allison

Attendance: 16,965