Ahead of the Game - Greens in the House
27th April 2015
AFTER Argyle all but secured their place in the Sky Bet League 2 play-offs with a 3-2 victory over now-relegated Tranmere Rovers...
...attention turns to our final game of the regular season when we take on newly-promoted Shrewsbury Town, at New Meadow.
John Sheridan’s men will be looking to rubber-stamp their spot in the play-offs when they travel to Shropshire to face Shrewsbury, on Saturday.
Both teams will come into this match full of confidence after securing season-defining wins last weekend; wins which respectively condemned Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town to relegation.
Shrewsbury's 1-0 win over Cheltenham secured promotion to League 1 for the Shrews.
The last time we locked horns with Micky Mellon’s side it ended in a 1-0 home win for the Pilgrims, with Reuben Reid’s precise first-half header ensuring that the three points stayed in Devon.
Shrewsbury's home record, though, is intimidating - they have only suffered one league defeat at Greenhous Meadow all season, winning 17 and drawing four of their 22 home games.
Our last visit to Shrewsbury was on the opening day of the 2011-12 season, where we secured a dramatic 1- 1 draw when former player-manager Carl Fletcher smashed home a 90th-minute volley to cancel out James Collins’ opener. Shrewsbury would go on to win promotion that season.
Despite now having the luxury of a three-point gap and a superior goal difference of eight over fellow contenders Luton Town, we must ensure that we keep our wits about us as the Shrews will be determined to secure the win as they look to snatch the league title away from table-topping Burton Albion on the final day.
A win, draw or even a defeat (depending on the margin) for the Pilgrims will confirm seventh spot and our all-important place in the play-off semi-finals, but who we would then face is a different matter: Southend United, Wycombe Wanderers or Bury could all yet finish in fourth position.