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Fleetwood Town v Plymouth Argyle: Match preview

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

John Sheridan
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JOHN SHERIDAN has not ruled out making changes to the Argyle team for the away game against promotion-chasing Fleetwood at Highbury on Tuesday (7.45pm).

That is despite the Pilgrims’ battling 2-1 win at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday.

Centre-back Neal Trotman, a near ever-present for Argyle this season, is available for selection against Fleetwood after being banned for the victory over Dagenham.

That was because of his red card in the 4-0 drubbing by York City at Home Park the previous weekend.

Trotman was replaced against Dagenham by 36-year-old Paul Wotton, who put in a strong defensive display in his first appearance for nearly five months.

Midfielder Dominic Blizzard and winger Nathan Thomas could also be in contention for recalls to the Pilgrims’ squad.

Blizzard was ruled out on Saturday by a groin injury, while Thomas has been receiving treatment for a back problem.

It is not clear whether Jason Banton will be fit to face Fleetwood after he was substituted against Dagenham.

The 21-year-old suffered a groin strain in the early stages of the game in east London and was replaced by Andres Gurrieri.

Durrell Berry, Matt Parsons and Marvin Morgan all played at Dagenham after recovering from injuries.

So there was plenty for Sheridan to think about as he considered his options for the game against fifth-placed Fleetwood.

He told Herald Sport: “I will pick a team which is right for Fleetwood. Even though we won on Saturday, I won’t be frightened of making changes if I have to.

“I will always pick a team for whoever we are playing and, hopefully, we will get the right result.”

Sheridan will have to weigh up whether to continue with Young in the centre of midfield with captain Conor Hourihane, or recall Blizzard.

“Dom got a little niggle in his groin in training on Thursday,” said the Pilgrims’ boss. “He thought he would have been alright to play (against Dagenham) but I didn’t want to risk him. Hopefully, he will be okay for tonight.”

The injury to Banton came in his seventh appearance for Argyle since signing on an 18-month contract from Premier League club Crystal Palace.

He has made a slow start on his return to the Pilgrims, after a highly successful loan spell towards the end of last season.

Sheridan had been encouraged by the way Banton began the game against Dagenham, only for the 21-year-old to be hit by injury.

Fleetwood will be aiming to complete the double over Argyle after beating them 2-0 at Home Park on the second Saturday of the season in August.

Sheridan said: “It will be a difficult game but we will go there and try to win.”

It is the second successive long trip from the Pilgrims, after playing against Dagenham, but Sheridan insisted: “There are no excuses, and there is nothing I can do about it anyway.

“We will just get on with it. We will look after the lads as well as we can and whoever plays, hopefully they will be ready to have a tough game and try to get us three points.

“I thought Fleetwood were probably one of the better teams we have played at our place this season.

“But I think, on our day, we are a match for most of the teams in this division so we will go there believing we can win the game.

“That’s what I will be telling the players.”

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  • queenie1923  |  February 25 2014, 2:10PM

    this month hasn't been good for Fleetwood ,1 win in 4, and 2 defeats and 1 draw , so argyle have the upper hand , so come green army lets show Fleetwood what sterner stuff us mighty green army are made of, 3 points would be excellent with, games now coming up thick n fast we need a good run to give us this opportunity to play for the playoffs injury free of course

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  February 24 2014, 10:26PM

    Still say that Banton is not being properly used in a central position - he should be out wide which is where he was effective for us last year - if this does not suit the formation that JS wants to use then dont pick Banton at all - pick someone who is better suited to this role eg Guerreri

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