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Trophy Chance to Erase Northampton Memory

2 September 2019

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FOLLOWING their 3-1 defeat to Northampton Town, Argyle manager Ryan Lowe is focused on giving his side every chance to bounce back quickly, as they face Bristol Rovers in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday night.

The Pilgrims headed back home with a defeat, courtesy of two Andy Williams goals and a Ryan Watson penalty nullifying Joe Riley’s set-piece strike.

Argyle will now kick-off another cup campaign, hosting Rovers tomorrow night. Despite the heavy schedule and a handful of injuries in the camp, Lowe is certainly not considering the Leasing.com Trophy as an afterthought.

“We’ve got to analyse the boys and see where they’re at, in terms of the bodies,” said Ryan. “We spoke about one or two looking a bit tired, so might need to freshen it up.

“There will be changes in terms of what I want to change, whether that’s tactical or to freshen things up. We’ll have a look, see what we’ve got and take it from there.

“It’s a chance to get to Wembley. Last time I just missed out, one game from getting to Wembley, and there’s no guarantees of getting there but I’ll be making a good shot of it. Once you get an opportunity to go to Wembley, you want to go. It’s going to be taken very seriously.

“Sometimes when you’ve had a loss, you want to just bounce back quickly. We’ve got a big enough squad to do it.”

Included in those midweek plans may well be latest addition George Cooper, who made a substitute appearance at Sixfields, whilst Jose Baxter will certainly be involved after impressing in the Carabao Cup.

“Listen: he’s not fit,” said Ryan on George. “I could’ve put Jose [Baxter] on, who played a great game the other night, but we were preventing him from injury again if you like.

“Jose will play on Tuesday night to get more minutes. I just felt I could put George on because he’s played as a striker. Tayls [Ryan Taylor] goes off and we lost young [Klaidi] Lolos yesterday to a dislocated arm, so we just needed to bring someone on who’s forward-thinking on the pitch.

“He [Cooper] is going to bring something special to us. You saw glimpses there. He gave the ball away once or twice but he’s not played competitive football for a while. I threw him in at the deep end, but that’s what he brings for us.”


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