League One
Saturday 15th January 2022
Sheffield Wednesday FC
Plymouth Argyle FC
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Argyle return to Sky Bet League One action for the first time since Boxing Day when they travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday.

The Greens have won their last three matches in all competitions without conceding a goal.

Last time out they saw off Sky Bet Championship opposition in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup, with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City thanks to a Ryan Law strike.

That win came after a 13-day break and two postponements due to COVID.

Their last league game was a 2-0 triumph over Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day, when goals from Panutche Camara and Jordon Garrick proved too much for the Gloucestershire outfit.

It was the fifth time that Argyle had won on their travels in the league this season, meaning they have the fifth best away record in the division.

Steven Schumacher’s side have played Sheffield Wednesday three times already this season, twice in the Emirates FA Cup and once in the league

A 3-0 home triumph back in September was followed by a goalless draw at Hillsborough in the Cup two months later.

Argyle then won the replay 3-0 at Home Park meaning they have scored six and conceded none from the three matches played.

Speaking ahead of the game Steven said, “It should be a good game, we know quite a lot about Sheffield Wednesday and know how good of a team they are.

“We have had some big results against them at home but there really isn’t much between the two sides.

“They haven’t conceded many goals and have a good defensive record, we know that and have to be right at it to get a result.”

The Pilgrims have a strong recent record against their Yorkshire opponents and are unbeaten against Wednesday since January 2010.

The last time they met at Hillsborough in the league Joe Mason scored twice in a 4-2 win for Argyle.

Sheffield Wednesday have had an indifferent season so far.

In their first season back in the third tier for nine years they sit ninth in the table, six points behind the Greens,

They come into the game having suffered back-to-back defeats in the league, losing 5-0 away to Sunderland in December and then suffering a 1-0 loss in Shropshire against Shrewsbury Town.

Those defeats, however, are their only two in the past three months and with five losses all season, only Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United have gone down fewer times.

The Owls have been strong at home this season, losing just one of their ten matches and have had impressive victories against promotion rivals Milton Keynes Dons and Sunderland in the past two months.

Saturday’s game is, though, their first match at Hillsborough since Saturday, 27 November.

TEAM NEWS

Argyle will once again be without Panutche Camara who is away on international duty with Guinea-Bissau at the African Cup of Nations.

Brendan Galloway remains the only long term injury doubt while Ryan Hardie, who came off in the win over Birmingham City last week, is being assessed for an injured shoulder.

Sheffield Wednesday will welcome back Massimo Luongo from suspension and could also see Jack Hunt, Florien Kamberi and Calum Paterson return from injury.

Chey Dunkley, Olamide Shodipo and Josh Windass, though, are all out injured.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are no longer being sold for this game but can be purchased at the ground. A cash only pay on the day facility will be available from turnstile 20 at Hillsborough.

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.

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Greens go down to defeat at Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday 4 
Sow 19 
Mendez-Laing 40 
Hutchinson 79 
Windass 84 

Argyle 2 
Randell 46 
Johnson o.g. 83 

In the fourth meeting between these two sides this season, Sheffield Wednesday finally got the better of Argyle with a 4-2 victory. 

Silla Sow and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored in a strong first period for the home side but a beautiful Adam Randell free-kick immediately halved the deficit a minute after the break. 

Sam Hutchison had apparently won it for Wednesday with a header 11 minutes from time but a Marvin Johnson own goal gave the Greens hope, only for substitute Josh Windass to almost immediately seal the points for the Owls. 

Argyle boss Stephen Schumacher made one change from the FA Cup win at Birmingham, Niall Ennis replacing Ryan Hardie in attack. New loan signing Romoney Crichlow took his place on a bench that also included fit-again Luke Jephcott, Ryan Broom and James Wilson.  

After successive defeats to Sunderland and Shrewsbury, Wednesday manager Darren Moore opted for five changes to his side, and it is was two of those new additions who created the first opening on nine minutes, Sow feeding a pass wide for Jack Hunt to fire into the side-netting. 

Blocks from James Bolton and Macauley Gillesphey repelled the next home attack. The pace and power of Ennis briefly switched the attacking emphasis back in Argyle’s favour before Dan Scarr executed a superb tackle to thwart a darting run from Sow. 

When Mendez-Laing did find room for a curling effort, Mike Cooper got his positioning spot on to fist the shot clear. A deep cross then picked out Lee Gregory for a close-range header, expertly palmed over by the Pilgrim custodian. 

The Owls did finally get their reward for a powerful start, Sow sweeping home from eight yards after a low cross from the right flank. 

As the Greens struggled to find their normal passing rhythm, Wednesday very nearly pinched a second, with Massimo Luongo surging through midfield to clip a lovely pass to Gregory, who hit the outside of the post from a tight angle. 

A clever run from the engine room by Barry Bannan was picked out by Fiasko Dele-Bashiru and Argyle were thankful to see the home captain drag his shot wide from 20 yards.  

It was, sadly, a momentary reprieve for Argyle, with a sluggish first-half display receiving the double punishment of a second goal for the hosts, Mendez-Laing racing down the left before cutting inside to plant an accomplished finish into the far corner. 

Only a desperate last-ditch challenge from Scarr prevented Mendez-Laing possibly putting the game beyond doubt in the final home thrust of a frustrating 45 minutes for the Pilgrims. 

Within a minute of the restart, it was game on again, Randell won the free-kick with quick feet 25 yards out and the youngster promptly curled a sumptuous set-piece over the Wednesday wall and into the corner for his first Argyle goal. 

There was some zip back in the Pilgrim passing, although a responsible recovery block from Jordan Houghton ensured Gregory was unable to find Sow for a sitter on 56 minutes. Scarr then blocked a curler from Luongo. 

Broom for Danny Mayor was the first Argyle change on the hour, but the Greens were back in defensive mode, throwing bodies and blocks in front of the ball after a Bannan free-kick had caused problems in the penalty area. 

Bannan next jinked inside from the right for a bending shot sent inches wide of the far post, as Schumacher turned to Jephcott as a replacement for Ennis in the final 20 minutes. 

Bright play from Broom, cutting in for a clipped cross, forced the Wednesday defence into a hurried clearance. Argyle were turning the screw and a cross from Garrick found the head of Conor Grant, but Bailey Peacock-Farrell made the save. 

Unfortunately, the fourth goal went the way of Sheffield Wednesday, Hunt swinging over a delicious cross for Hutchinson’s downward header directed beyond the stranded Cooper.   

Ryan Law for Houghton was the final Argyle switch and the Greens were almost immediately back within touching distance. Randell curled over a cross for Broom to head against the post and the ball bounced up for Garrick to force it over the line, with home defender Johnson getting the final touch. 

Within 30 seconds, however, Windass made it 4-2 after a swift turn and shot into the bottom corner and, this time, there was no route back for the Pilgrims. 

Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): 1 Bailey Peacock-Farrell; 2 Liam Palmer, 5 Sam Hutchinson, 18 Marvin Johnson; 32 Jack Hunt, 10 Barry Bannan (capt) (8 Dennis Adeniran 90), 17 Fiasko Dele-Bashiru, 21 Massimo Luongo, 41 Nathaniel Mendez-Lang; 9 Lee Gregory (13 Callum Paterson 90), 40 Silla Sow (11 Josh Windass 80). Substitutes (not used): 28 Joe Wildsmith (gk), 14 George Byers, 24 Saido Berahino, 34 Ciaran Brennan. 

Booked: Luongo 55, Hunt 88 

Argyle (3-5-2): 1 Mike Cooper; 2 James Bolton, 6 Dan Scarr, 3 Macauley Gillesphey;  8 Joe Edwards (capt), 20 Adam Randell, 4 Jordan Houghton (27 Ryan Law 82), 10 Danny Mayor (7 Ryan Broom 59), 15 Conor Grant; 11 Niall Ennis (31 Luke Jepchcott 70), 14 Jordon Garrick. Substitutes (not used): 25 Callum Burton (gk), 5 James Wilson, 16 Alfie Lewis, 33 Romoney Crichlow.  

Booked: Broom 90 

Attendance: TBC   

Referee: Christopher Pollard