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Keeping Up With The Chairboys

29 January 2016

OUR man TOM SLEEMAN has been keeping a close eye on what our opponents have been up to lately...

On Saturday, Argyle welcome Wycombe Wanderers to Home Park. The Pilgrims lost over two legs to Gareth Ainsworth's side in last season's Sky Bet League 2 play-off semi-final, but won 2-1 at Adams Park earlier this season. 

Wycombe come into Saturday's fixture at Home Park currently winless in 2016 after five matches.

Wanderers arrive in Devon on the back of three league defeats against Morecambe (2-0), Hartlepool (1-0) and, most recently, Leyton Orient (2-0). The Chairboys were also knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup, losing a third round replay with Premier League side Aston Villa after a creditable 1-1 draw at the beginning of the month at Adams Park.

On the road, the Buckinghamshire side have been miserly, having only conceded eight times in 15 away games this season. They have not lost on their travels to Plymouth in the league since 2007.

The Pilgrims will need to be wary of top scorer Garry Thompson who has found the net seven times from midfield this season. The 35-year-old joined from fellow League 2 newcomers Notts County last summer.

The Wycombe line-up could potentially include a trio of former Pilgrims, as they have Paul Hayes, Gozie Ugwu and Paris Cowan-Hall on their books. 

Hayes had a seven-game spell at Argyle on loan in 2013-14, failing to score. He managed to score three close range efforts in three games last season, including in both legs of the play-offs. According to the Bucks Free Press, though, he is a doubt for Saturday's game. 

Ugwu's six-goal loan spell, in which he also failed to get on target, came in February 2013. He has since played for Shrewsbury, Dunfermline and Yeovil before moving to Wycombe. He has one goal for 16 appearances for the Blues. 

Cowan-Hall played for Argyle during the 2012-13 season, and moved to Wycombe at the end of the year. After 18 months with the Chairboys, he moved to Millwall on January 1 2015. He signed for Wycombe again, on loan, earlier this month, having represented Bristol Rovers in a previous loan spell. He has played in 10 matches this season for Millwall, Rovers and Wycombe - all home games. Should he play any part against Argyle, it will be his first away game of the season. 

One former Pilgrim who will not play is Jason Banton. It was announced on Friday that Banton - who left Argyle last summer, and scored against us for Wycombe when the sides met in September - has left the Chairboys by mutual consent. 

Alex Lynch is likely to continue in goal after Wycombe sold prized possession Matt Ingram to Queens Park Rangers earlier this month. The 20-year-old has made seven appearances for Wycombe, and is yet to keep a clean sheet. 

With Lynch promoted to first choice goalkeeper, his back-up is 46-year-old goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson, who featured as an unused substitute 35 times last season and most recently in his sides 1-1 draw and 2-0 replay against Aston Villa. Richardson has not made a professional appearance since playing for Doncaster in November 2005. 

Wycombe have brought in defender Michael Harriman from QPR for an undisclosed fee this month. The 23-year-old, who had previously been on loan with the Blues, chipped in with six goals from 24 appearances before making his switch to Adams Park permanent.

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