Steven Schumacher

High stakes for Wigan trip

Argyle head into their final away game of the regular Sky Bet League One season hoping to bolster their chances of making the play offs.

The Greens travel to league leaders Wigan Athletic who themselves will be hoping to wrap up promotion and potentially the title.

Argyle could secure a spot in the top six if they win and Wycombe Wanderers fail to beat Sheffield Wednesday.

Any sort of positive result would put the Pilgrims in a very good position to extend their season by at least two matches.

As for Wigan, a point would all but secure promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship and a win would see them crowned champions if Rotherham fail to beat Oxford United.

With so much at stake for both sides, Steven Schumacher was remaining calm as he spoke to the press in the week.

He said, “I’m feeling good, we’re all still very excited.

“We have two massive games coming up, at Wigan and then at home to MK Dons.

“This race for the play-offs is going right to the wire, isn’t it?

“We’re all looking forward to it, so bring it on.”

Argyle sit fifth in the table with 79 points but have won just once in their last five matches.

That being said, defensively the Greens are incredibly strong demonstrated by the fact that they have kept nine clean sheets in the last 11 games.

That has been the bedrock for Argyle’s success this season and Steven knows that the players will once again have to ready for the test they will most certainly face on the weekend.

He said, “We’re working really hard and know we have to be right at it because the quality of the teams is incredible.

“The top eight or ten teams have incredible squads, anyone can play or step in and do really well.

“Some teams have names or players who have played in the Premier League, we have to be ready for whatever we’re faced with.”

It has been a great year for Argyle on their travels this season and 33 points collected from their 22 games played, only four teams in the league have a better record away from home.

The squad will be hoping they can put in another positive performance away from Home Park and pick up their first win since mid-March.

Wigan won the reverse fixture back in December, thanks to a late Callum Lang goal, and have been in the top part of the table for most of the season.

No side has won more games or lost fewer than the Lactics who also have the second-best strike force in the division.

Will Keane scored two goals against Ipswich Town in Tuesday night to bring his tally to 23 for the season and go joint top of the scoring charts.

The draw at Portman Road was the third game in a row that Wigan have failed to win, but with just one defeat in their last ten league games, they are a tough nut to crack.

A win on Saturday would take the Lancashire outfit to 91 points and even with an MK Dons victory, that would be enough to secure a return to the second tier.


Panutche Camara is a major doubt for the Greens after picking up a hamstring injury in the draw with Sunderland on Monday.

Ryan Hardie came through that game unscathed, after returning to the starting line-up, however the trip to Wigan is expected to come a bit too soon for captain Joe Edwards.

Wigan will be without Charlie Wyke and Tom Bayliss due to illness.

Ireland international James McLean and defender Curtis Tilt are also missing with long term injuries.


Tickets are no longer being sold for this fixture however, supporters can buy tickets at the ground on the day of the match.


If you cannot make the game then it is available to watch on Argyle TV for international subscribers, or to listen to for domestic fans for just £2.50.

Details on packages available to you can be found here.

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