IT has come down to this. The final day of the Sky Bet League One season is almost upon us, and our destiny is yet to be decided.
Scunthorpe United will be the last visitor to Home Park this season. It is very much a case of winner stays up, pending results elsewhere.
Argyle will go into the crucial game in the post Derek Adams era. First-Team coach, Kevin Nancekivell will be in the dugout. Essentially this is a game where both sides are in poor form, and have picked up just two points from the last eight games. Argyle’s two points came courtesy of back-to-back 2-2 draws against Bristol Rovers and Blackpool in March.
Scunny’s points came against Shrewsbury (1-1) and then Blackpool at home (0-0), and interestingly both teams have not won a game since March 12. We beat Shrewsbury at home (2-1) and they beat Southend (4-1) also at home.
Similarly, both sides are without a permanent first team manager. Andy Dawson, brother of former Hull City defender, Michael, was appointed until the end of the current campaign, following the departure of Stuart McCall, who’s tenure at Glanford Park only lasted eight months.
In terms of goals, Lee Novak tops the Iron’s scoring charts with 13. Both sides are very similar in terms of goals scored and conceded. For goals scored, the Iron have 51 in comparison to Argyles 53. Also on 53 are Southend, the team whose result we need to better if we are to stay in this division next season. One positive we can take is the fact that we have conceded two fewer goals (78).
As the League One table stands, Scunthorpe are 23rd by virtue of goal difference. They are seven goals worse off than Walsall, who are one place above. Argyle occupy 21st, on 47 points with a goal difference of minus 25.
It is effectively a one-off game where the loser will be relegated. Bradford are the only side so far to have definitely suffered relegation, so there are three unwanted league positions yet to be filled.
With Home Park confirmed to be a sell-out, the Green Army could be a vital component in what we hope will be a team who go all out to get that win we desperately need.
There is not much to separate the sides, we have more than enough talent to win the game. Let’s get behind the boys, let’s go one more round.