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Argyle v Bristol Rovers - the Line-Up

Home Park Debuts for Five Pilgrims

27 July 2019

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FIVE Pilgrims, as well as manager Ryan Lowe, made their Home Park bows as Argyle returned to Home Park ahead of the 2019-20 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Goalkeeper Alex Palmer, defender Callum McFadzean, midfielders Joe Edwards and Danny Mayor, and forward Byron Moore were named in the starting line-up against Bristol Rovers, the penultimate pre-season game for Argyle before their EFL curtain-raiser at Crewe Alexandra on August 3.

Palmer was handed the goalkeeper's gloves behind a central defensive trio of Scott Wootton, Niall Canavan and captain Gary Sawyer; McFadzean and Joe Riley lined up as wing-backs, with Edwards centre-pinning a midfield behind Mayor and Antoni Sarcevic.

Ex-Rover Moore partnered Joe Grant up front, while another former Pirate, Dom Telford, was not included in the squad because of injury.

The seven-man bench included trialist Ben Hall, the former Brighton & Hove Albion defender.

Argyle (3-5-2): 24 Alex Palmer; 5 Scott Wootton, 6 Niall Canavan, 3 Gary Sawyer (capt); 2 Joe Riley, 7 Antoni Sarcevic, 8 Joe Edwards, 10 Danny Mayor, 21 Callum McFadzean; 16 Joel Grant, 17 Byron Moore.

Substitutes: 1 Mike Cooper (gk), 4 Ben Hall, 14 Jose Baxter, 15 Conor Grant, 19 Klaidi Lolos, 20 Adam Randell,  23 Ashley Smith-Brown.

Bristol Rovers (4-4-2 diamond): 32 Anssi Jaakola; 2 Mark Little, 5 Tony Craig, 16 Tom Davies, 25 Luke Leahy; 6 Ed Upson, 7 Liam Sercombe, 8 Ollie Clarke, 23 Kyle Bennett; 10 Tom Nichols, 33 Alex Rodman.

Substitutes: 1 Jordi van Stappershoef (gk), 3 Tyler Smith, 4 Abu Ogogo, 9 Victor Adeboyejo, 15 Alfie Kilgour, 18 Michael Kelly, 20 Gavin Reilly, 22 Josh Hare, 24 Rollin Menayese, 68 Lucas Tomlinson.


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