Plymouth Argyle players given individual training plans due to the coronavirus

Plymouth Argyle’s players will not be training at Harper’s Park as usual next week after the EFL suspended the season due to the coronavirus.

There will be no games until Saturday, April 4 at the earliest, but no-one can be sure when action will resume.

In the meantime, Pilgrims’ boss Ryan Lowe has given his players individual training plans for them to follow while they are away from Harper’s Park next week.

The Argyle squad had left yesterday morning for their scheduled away game against Morecambe today.

They had travelled as far as Gloucester Services on the M5 when word came through of the football shutdown.

Argyle chief executive Andrew Parkinson told Plymouth Live: “Ryan is obviously focused on the team and they are off for a week.

“The players will be away for the week. They have got their own personal training plans.”

Some of the Argyle squad will be away from Plymouth, with their families in other parts of the country, while others will remain in the city.

The promotion-chasing Pilgrims are third in League Two with nine games remaining in their season.

Their next four matches have been postponed due to the football shutdown, starting with the planned visit to Morecambe today.

The others are the game away to Leyton Orient on Tuesday, the Devon Derby against Exeter City on March 23 and the fixture at Grimsby Town on March 28.

As it stands, the season could resume on April 4 when Argyle are scheduled to be at home to Forest Green Rovers.

But given the fast-paced developments over the spread of coronavirus in recent days, and the cancellation of sporting events around the world, it is impossible to predict what will happen.

Argyle’s owner and chairman Simon Hallett is based on the east coast of the United States.

All of America’s main sporting events have been called off, such as the NBA basketball season and The Masters golf tournament.

Hallett has been closely following events at Argyle over recent days despite being on the other side of the Atlantic.

Parkinson said: “I’m in constant dialogue with Simon. As you would expect, the statements that we have made are joined up.

“He’s working on a different time zone to us but that hasn’t stopped any dialogue that we have had at all.”


Graham Westley believes Plymouth is going to be crowned League Two champions

Graham Westley tipped Plymouth to win Sky Bet League Two but was frustrated at seeing his Stevenage side slip to a 2-1 defeat reception to the Pilgrims.

Goals from Byron Moore and Ryan Hardie were enough for Argyle to return away with all three points from their trip to the Lamex Stadium, although a floodlight failure made for a nervy finish.

And Westley believes Boro, who dropped to the foot of the table after defeat, deserved better, singling out a handball within the build-up to the primary goal because of the turning point within the game.

The win puts Argyle into the highest three and therefore the automatic promotion spots, with leaders Swindon six points before them but having played two games more.

In a goalless half, Jake Cassidy had an attempt well-saved by Alex Palmer while Antoni Sarcevic almost added to his six league goals when he charged down a clearance from Paul Farman that trickled just wide.

Argyle hit the front immediately after half-time, Moore finishing well after being played in by George Cooper, although Westley was adamant the striker had handled the ball before finding the rear of internet.

The floodlights then gave up, meaning a disruption just before the hour, and once play resumed, Palmer was again called into action by tipping Carter’s strike onto the crossbar.

Hardie later made it three in three for Argyle when he rounded Farman to double the lead with the remaining quarter of an hour.

Carter pulled one back with eight minutes left but even with 13 minutes of stoppage time, Argyle persisted for the three points, much to the delight of Ryan Lowe.

Westley said that they nullified all their strengths which were the reasons why they had come away with the victory. It was an honest win for them and put them into the highest three. However, they were not getting over excited because there was an extended way to go.


Plymouth Argyle sign former Glasgow Rangers striker Ryan Hardie from Blackpool

Plymouth Argyle have completed the signing of 6ft 2in Blackpool striker Ryan Hardie on loan until the top of the season.

The 22-year-old is about to satisfy up with the Pilgrims’ squad tomorrow, once they will use the training facilities at Wigan Athletic.

Argyle are going to be completing their preparations there before playing away to Carlisle United united Two on Saturday.

Hardie signed for League One outfit Blackpool from Glasgow Rangers for an undisclosed fee last summer.

He agreed a two-year contract with the Seasiders, with an option for an extra 12 months, but has had only limited varsity action.

Hardie has made a complete of seven starts and five substitute appearances this season, and scored one goal.

That came during a 5-1 home win against Morecambe during a Trophy group game at the beginning of September.

His last appearance for Blackpool also came therein competition, once they lost 3-1 reception to Scunthorpe United in late November.

Hardie, who has played for Scotland from under-16 to under-21 level, was loaned to Livingston by Rangers last term.

He made a complete of 14 starts and eight substitute appearances, and scored seven goals.

Argyle manager Ryan Lowe may be a good friend of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard so is certain to possess got an honest insight from him about his second signing of the January transfer window.

Hardie was also at Rangers with striker Zak Rudden, who has been on loan to Argyle from the Glasgow giants since August but whose deal is soon set to expire.

The striker had his debut for Rangers during a 3-1 Scottish League Cup away win against Falkirk in September 2014, aged 17.

He went on to form a complete of 5 starts and 15 substitute appearances for the club and scored five goals.

Hardie’s signing by Argyle has come on an equivalent day that another forward, Billy Clarke, left the club and completed a move to Ian Holloway’s Grimsby Town.

Blackpool chief executive Ben Mansford told his club’s official website: “We feel that this is often a perfect opportunity for Ryan to travel out and obtain a uniform run of games under his belt.

He has been an excellent professional and that we will now be monitoring his progress closely before his return to the club within the summer.”


Two errors that Plymouth football have made in 2019

It is hard for every hierarchy working within football to run a football club while trying to keep everybody happy. Home Park, the home of Plymouth Argyle, is not an exception as the Pilgrims have suffered relegation from League One and had to change managers halfway through the year when they attempt to get back up to the third tier.

Although the club is fairly well run off the pitch, questions are still asked by supporters about the mistakes that the club has made over 2019, and here are two errors that Plymouth have made in 2019…

Not backing Adams more in January

Former manager Derek Adams left his role at Plymouth upon relegation in April, but the board didn’t back him enough during the January transfer window to try and get more high-quality players in to prevent relegation.

Adams has proven before that he is a manager that is more than capable of getting the best out of the squad at his disposal, but he would have needed the right backing to help turn Plymouth’s season around and pull them away from a relegation scrap.

During January, Threlkeld signed on a permanent, with Lloyd Jones coming in on a loan from Luton Town and Paul Anderson was signed on a free in February.

If Adams had been given some more budget to play with, then he could have signed one or two more players who could have made more of a difference at Home Park during the second half of the campaign.

None of the trio failed to make any real impact upon the fortunes of Plymouth, and all three departed the club at the end of the season.

Re-signing Oscar Threlkeld

The versatile Threlkeld returned to Plymouth in January from Belgium club Waasland-Beveren for a loan fee on a six-month contract, before being released by his parent club.

He made 12 appearances during his time back at Home Park, scoring one goal, as he started seven times during his few months back in England.

Plymouth may have realized after the season that they could have used their money on another player, including wages, who would have been around long-term to try and keep a continuity effect with the squad at Home Park, with relegation staring them in the face.

Signing Threlkeld may have got the supporters on side, however it also came at a cost of having to spend money on a player who was only going to be sticking around for less than a year.


Lowe praises players as Plymouth down 10-man Morecambe

Ryan Lowe praised his Plymouth side’s defending after Argyle climbed to eighth in League Two following a comprehensive 3-0 home win over basement side Morecambe.

George Cooper, Antoni Sarcevic, and Conor Grant scored as Morecambe had Ritchie Sutton sent off.

 “I am pleased because we did a professional job, the mentality of the players was spot on,” Lowe said.

The turning point of the game came when Sutton was dismissed for a foul on goal-bound Dom Telford and Cooper swept in the 20-yard free-kick.

Sarcevic made it 2-0 from a first-half stoppage time penalty and substitute Grant wrapped up the result with the last kick of the game.

 “Once we got the free-kick and the penalty we were away. Then we got the goal late on as well. They were always going to sit back in. The possession stats show we had 73 percent and it’s hard when there is a man sent off,” Lowe also added.

“For us the way we moved the ball around, with tempo, quick, fast and two wing-backs high up the pitch we knew we were going to cause any team we played a problem.

“Credit to the boys mentally they were at it as well because it’s tough when you are playing bottom of the league and expected to win three-four or five-nil.

“Listen we got three goals and a clean sheet, another win, and I am pleased. With all due respect to Morecambe, we knew we could get at them. The overall play from back to front was very good.”

Morecambe’s former Argyle boss Derek Adams said: “The change in the game was the sending off. We were really in the game at that stage and we didn’t have any trouble.

“They had a lot of corner kicks and shots, but a lot of those were off target and we limited them to very few opportunities on goal.

“They had to score with a well-taken free-kick, and then we gave a penalty away just before half-time.

“They scored (their third) with the last kick of the game when we had played the whole of the second half with 10 men.

“What I will say is that I am very proud of my players, the way they stuck at it. It is not easy to come to Home Park against a team that think they should be higher up the league.

“We limited them to few chances and pressed them high up the pitch and didn’t let them play out from the back.

 “That caused them problems because they gave the ball away. We could have got a goal when the big center-half loses the ball and AJ nearly gets in. And then in the second half, Lewis Alessandra has a really good chance.”