League One
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Milton Keynes Dons FC
Plymouth Argyle FC
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Argyle travel to Stadium MK on Wednesday night for Steven Schumacher's first game in charge of the club.

That first game will see the Greens looking to build on a first win in four matches after progressing to the third round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Rochdale AFC on Sunday.

The Pilgrims are currently fourth in the Sky Bet League One table and have lost just one of their last eight away matches in the league.

Argyle are the fourth highest scorers in the division with 33 strikes in 20 matches and have found the net in all but two of their away games so far this season.

Strikers Jordon Garrick and Luke Jephcott were both on the scoresheet on the 2-1 win over Rochdale on Sunday.

They, along with top scorer Ryan Hardie, have 23 goals between them and will be confident going into the game with 6th placed Milton Keynes Dons.

The Dons are just two points behind the Pilgrims in the table and have won their last two matches at home.

They have, though, conceded seven goals in their last four home matches and have shipped 24 goals so far this season.

Their recent form has been solid, beating Morecambe 4-0 in their last league outing.

They then backed that up with a penalty shootout win over Leyton Orient in the Papa John’s Trophy a week ago.

Having not played on the weekend, Liam Manning’s side have had a week to prepare for the visit of Argyle, a side they have lost to in two of the three times they have met at Stadium MK.

Last season Ryan Hardie scored the only goal of the game as the Greens won 1-0 at Home Park in December.

Milton Keynes got their revenge though with a last minute penalty converted by Scott Fraser in a 2-1 win in March.

TEAM NEWS

There are no new injury concerns for Argyle who had James Bolton and Niall Ennis available for the first time this season on Sunday.

Brendan Galloway remains the only absentee.

Milton Keynes will be without Republic of Ireland international Troy Parrott who is suspended following his red card in the Pap John’s Trophy triumph last week.

Max Watters and David Kasumu have missed the last have both missed the last two matches due to injury.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets will be available for face to face and phone purchases until 3pm on Tuesday, 7 December and online until 9am on Wednesday, 8 December.

Supporters wishing to buy tickets after that can do so from the away booth at Gate 3 on the day of the game.

ARGYLE TV

Rob McNichol and Brian McGlinchey will be brining you all the action on Argyle TV with audio commentary available to purchase here, for just £2.50.  

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Argyle earn a draw at MK Dons

MK Dons 1 
Watson 21 

Argyle 1 
Grant 66 

In a week of upheaval for our club, the new era under manager Steven Schumacher began with an outstanding second-half display to earn a point at MK Dons. 

The hosts edged ahead in a tight first period with a deflected effort from Tennai Watson but Argyle were relentless after the break, and got their reward when Conor Grant lashed in a thundering finish midway through the second half.  

Schumacher’s first team selection showed three changes from the FA Cup win at Rochdale, with Luke Jephcott, Panutche Camara and Grant coming in for Jordon Garrick, Danny Mayor and George Cooper.  

The Dons had not played since beating Orient on penalties in the Trophy last Tuesday and found their early forays thwarted by good positioning from Dan Scarr and James Wilson before Camara rifled a long-ranger over the bar. 

In a tight opening to the game, Argyle’s neat passing football was the redeeming feature, with Jordan Houghton master of ceremonies from midfield but the final third generally remained uncharted territory for both sides. 

It was a loose pass on 20 minutes that presented MK Dons with the first chance, Mo Eisa fizzing a low drive toward the far post but Mike Cooper was in the right place for a fine stop. 

Unfortunately, there was no stopping Watson moments later, pouncing on a ball over the top and his shot ricocheted off the recovering boot of Macaulay Gillesphey before nestling into the far corner. 

Grant almost replied immediately with a super right-foot effort from 20 yards, palmed wide by Andrew Fisher. The Dons came back with a curling shot off target from Matt O’Riley. 

As the half headed to a close, the Greens pushed their hosts back with a swinging cross from Broom almost finding the deep run of Joe Edwards. Grant also came close to picking out the skipper with a similar delivery after patient approach play. 

Aden Baldwin replaced Harry Darling in the Dons’ defence at half-time but it was Argyle controlling the play after the restart, without finding that decisive final pass to breach the home rearguard. 

A fluent move involving Broom and Houghton released Grant for a cross cleared by the recovering Josh McEachran, with the resultant corner snaffled at the second attempt by Fisher. 

Mayor replaced Broom on the hour for Argyle and the fresh legs were soon combining well with Grant but, again, the final ball failed to conjure the one big chance Pilgrim possession deserved. 

Finally, the breakthrough arrived on 66 minutes, Mayor brilliantly jinking down the left for a deep cross to Camara, who calmly found Grant for a terrific driven finish into the roof of the net from 16 yards. 

The Dons responded with a dart into the left channel from substitute Troy Parrott and his well-struck half-volley cannoned off the bar. The Pilgrims were soon back on the counter with more fabulous work from Mayor ending with a shot deflected wide. 

Garrick replaced Jephcott for the final 20 minutes and his impact was instant, winning a free-kick on the right for Grant to deliver but headed over by Scarr. The pace of Garrick was a constant menace, as the Pilgrims camped in the Dons’ half. 

The hosts did conjure a moment of danger with a cross from the left dipping inches beyond the run of Eisa, who followed that with a tame shot into the grateful arms of Cooper. 

A colossal tackle from Scarr prevented a certain break on the halfway line before Schumacher rolled the dice one last time with the introduction of Niall Ennis for Hardie, a first league outing of the season for the former Wolves striker. 

In the final minute, Argyle so very nearly snatched the win their second-half display arguably warranted, Garrick lashing a super drive against the outside of the post from the right edge of the box. 

Great character from everyone involved and wonderful Green Army support. We move on to Sunderland on Saturday. 

MK Dons (3-4-3): 1 Andrew Fisher (gk); 5 Warren O’Hora, 6 Harry Darling (15 Aden Baldwin H-T), 3 Dean Lewington (capt); 2 Tennai Watson, 16 Josh McEachran (20 Troy Parrott 67), 17 Ethan Robson, 21 Daniel Harvie; 7 Matt O’Riley, 10 Mo Eisa, 9 Scott Twine. Substitutes (not used): 23 Franco Ravizzoli (gk), 4 Zak Jules, 11 Charlie Brown, 18 Hiram Boateng, 25 Brooklyn Ilunga. 

Booked:  

Argyle (3-5-2): 1 Mike Cooper (gk); 5 James Wilson, 6 Dan Scarr, 3 Macauley Gillesphey; 8 Joe Edwards (capt), 28 Panutche Camara, 4 Jordan Houghton, 7 Ryan Broom (10 Danny Mayor 62), 15 Conor Grant; 9 Ryan Hardie (11 Niall Ennis 88), 31 Luke Jephcott (14 Jordon Garrick 71). Substitutes (not used): 25 Callum Burton (gk), 18 Kieran Agard, 27 Ryan Law, 32 George Cooper. 

Booked: Houghton 53, Wilson 73 

Attendance: 7,566 (717 away) 

Referee: Samuel Barrott