League One
Saturday 9th April 2022
Burton Albion FC
Plymouth Argyle FC
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Pirelli Stadium
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Steven Schumacher

Argyle will look to earn their first league double over Burton Albion this weekend when they travel to the Pirelli Stadium looking to further solidify their place in the Sky Bet League One play-off places.

The Greens have never beaten Burton away from home but come into the game with seven wins from their last eight matches.

The Pilgrims continued the good form they showed in March by beating fellow play-off hopefuls, Oxford United last weekend and that form has been built on a solid defence.

Since the Emirates FA Cup defeat to Chelsea in February, Argyle have conceded just five goals in the 13 matches played, keeping nine clean sheets in that time.

If the Greens are to get their first victory at Burton, they will have to overcome a physical and powerful side.

Burton are sat in 14th in the table but have hit a rough patch of form, earning three points from their last six games.

They have lost their last two matches without scoring and were beaten 3-0 by Morecambe in the their last outing.

They are though, tougher to beat at the Pirelli, with two defeats in their last five home matches.

In their last game on home turf, a brace from former Everton forward Oumar Niasse and a Louis Moult goal saw Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Fleetwood.

Steven Schumacher, who was crowned Sky Bet League One manager of the month for March, is well aware of the importance for the Greens to continue their form, starting this weekend.

He said, “They’re not in great form, they’re a bit patchy, but on their day, they’re strong and powerful.

“It’s always a tough game when you go to their stadium. It’s not an easy pitch to play on.

“It’ll be another hard game. I’m not really bothered about their form in general because as this league has proved, anyone can beat anyone on their day.

“We have to focus on the job and go and give it our best shot, and hopefully come away with another good result.”

With just five games to and with 77 points on the board, Argyle are perfectly placed for the final run in.

Victory over Burton would see the Greens make it to 80 points and with matches against Wycombe Wanderers, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and Milton Keynes Dons to play, the points gained up to now, could be crucial.

Steven said, “We know we have real tough games which is probably a blessing because you can’t get distracted thinking ‘this one’s going to be easy’, all five of them are going to be tough.

“We won’t do anything extra over the next five games, we’ll prepare as usual.

“I think it’s the best way if we’re consistent with our behaviours as a coaching staff, we’re not going to overanalyse anyone, we’re not going to add pressure to the games because the pressure is already there.”

“If we’re calm and try ad work as usual, then hopefully the players can stay calm and won’t make too many mistakes and keep picking up good results.”

Argyle are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Burton, drawing two and winning two.

Conor Grant and Ryan Broom grabbed the goals for the Pilgrims in a 2-1 win over Burton at Home Park earlier in the season.

TEAM NEWS

Argyle could be boosted by the return of Conor Grant and Steven Sessegnon who both trained this week.

Ryan Hardie, Brendan Galloway and George Cooper are all still out.

Burton will be without defender Connor Shaughnessy, who was sent off in their 3-0 loss to Morecambe last week,

Other than that, Burton have other injury concerns.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are no longer being sold for this and there is no pay on the day facility at Burton.

ARGYLE TV

If you cannot make the game then it is available to watch on Argyle TV for international subscribers, or to listen to for domestic fans for just £2.50.

Details on packages available to you can be found here.

Ryan Law probing at Burton Albion

Burton Albion 0 

Argyle 0 

It has taken 42 games for Argyle to be involved in a goalless draw in Sky Bet League One and this was an encounter that saw the biggest moment arrive inside the opening 90 seconds. 

When a downward header from skipper Joe Edwards was deemed to have been cleared before crossing the line, both sides settled in for an afternoon of faultless endeavour but little in the way of attacking penetration. 

Argyle boss Steven Schumacher named an unchanged side from the weekend win over Oxford United, but there was a return to the bench for fit-again duo Conor Grant and Steven Sessegnon.  

The Brewers lost 3-0 at Morecambe last weekend and an early foul from the hosts gave Jordan Houghton the chance to clip a cross to the far post for Edwards to nod past leaping goalkeeper Matej Koval. 

The Greens immediately felt it was over the line, despite Burton skipper John Brayford hooking the ball clear from under the bar. The officials, particularly the assistant referee, ignored the vociferous claims for a first-minute Argyle goal. 

Any feeling of injustice in Pilgrim ranks was quickly forgotten with Danny Mayor and Ryan Law combining cleverly down the left wing, and separate crosses from both men were cleared under stress by the hosts. 

A quick free-kick from Houghton released Jordon Garrick in the channel on 18 minutes and his low cross was half-cleared to James Wilson, who rifled a first-team effort inches over the bar.  

At the other end, Wilson and his defensive partners, Dan Scarr and Macaulay Gillesphey, were doing a fine job in protecting Mike Cooper’s goal. Burton’s main threat in the opening half-hour came from the long throws of Tom Hamer but it was little trouble for Scarr and co.  

When the home side did find room for a shot, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson lashed wide from the edge of the box. Excellent tracking back from Houghton then thwarted a dangerous break down the right by Hamer. 

The first period drifted to a quiet conclusion, with the main talking point coming from Edwards’ header in the opening minute, although another clever cross from Law very nearly found Panutche Camara at the far post in the closing seconds. 

The sun came out for the second half but the game remained scrappy, particularly in one stodgy shaded area of the pitch. Burton did find a way through the sticky surface with a lovely one-two down the left and Joe Powell was just about to pull the trigger when Gillesphey came across for a superb covering challenge. 

Harry Chapman was next to find space on the left, cutting in for a delightful curling effort and Cooper just about got fingertips on the ball, which immediately ricocheted off the onrushing Hamer and looped to safety. 

It was another great save for the Cooper scrapbook, as Argyle introduced Grant for Law on the hour. Lovely play from Niall Ennis created room for a threaded pass to Garrick but his lay-off for Edwards just missed the intended target. The Greens did loose off a shot moments later, a Gillesphey free-kick curled narrowly over. 

A low shot from Powell was comfortably held by Cooper before the Greens removed Garrick for Luke Jephcott and the new man immediately released Edwards with a delightful pass into the channel. The skipper returned the ball back inside and Jephcott’s first-time effort grazed the outside of the far post.  

A sweeping move down the right from Argyle, with Houghton the initial catalyst, cut through the Burton defence but, in a sequence that typified the match, Edwards’ low cross somehow just eluded the Pilgrim forward runners. 

Ryan Broom for Ennis was the final Pilgrim change and he did find a stooping header on target in the final minute, but Koval plucked the ball before it could reach the corner. The Greens move on to another massive game at Wycombe on Good Friday.  

Burton Albion: 1 Matej Koval; 2 John Brayford (capt), 12 Sam Hughes, 4 Adedeji Oshilaja, 37 Tom Hamer; 10 Harry Chapman (31 Louis Moult 81), 22 William Kokolo; 11 Jonny Smith (15 Christian Saydee H-T), 38 Michael Mancienne (29 Jacob Maddox, 74), 3 Cameron Borthwick-Jackson; 8 Joe Powell. Substitutes: 24 Ben Garrett (gk), 9 Gassan Ahdame, 26 Ryan Leak, 40 Charlie Lakin. 

Booked: Powell 84 

Argyle (3-5-2): 1 Mike Cooper; 5 James Wilson, 6 Dan Scarr, 3 Macaulay Gillesphey; 8 Joe Edwards (capt), 28 Panutche Camara, 4 Jordan Houghton, 10 Danny Mayor, 27 Ryan Law (15 Conor Grant 60); 11 Niall Ennis (7 Ryan Broom 87), 14 Jordon Garrick (31 Luke Jephcott 66). Substitutes: 25 Callum Burton (gk), 17 Steven Sessegnon, 20 Adam Randell, 33 Romoney Crichlow. 

Booked: Houghton 82 

Attendance: 3,938 

Referee: Leigh Doughty