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8 November 2012

We look ahead to the weekend's fixture...

Plymouth Argyle v Gillingham
npower League Two
Saturday November 10 2012
Home Park
Kick-off: 3.00pm

Team News…
Charlie Lee has recovered from the virus that kept him out of Tuesday’s game with Cheltenham and will travel as part of the 20-man party as will Connor Essam and Jack Evans.

Both Charlie Allen and Joe Martin will be assessed following their trip to see a specialist in London today [Thursday] but Bradley Dack (bruised ankle) will again sit this one out.

Plymouth boss Carl Fletcher made five changes for the midweek loss against Burton with Conor Hourihane (suspension) being the only one forced upon him – the midfielder is available for this weekend. However fellow midfielder Alex MacDonald limped off just 28 minutes into the game.

Argyle – their season so far…
Wednesday’s home defeat against Burton Albion left the Home Park outfit lying 19th in the League Two table having picked up 17 points (four wins and five draws) from their 16 games.

Paris Cowan-Hall had given Argyle a 49th minute lead before the Brewers hit back to inflict a fourth straight defeat and speaking after the midweek loss, Plymouth boss Carl Fletcher said "I'm a little bit miffed into how we actually lost the game. It was a little bit dead, and a little bit flat, but I thought we were very professional in the first-half.

"In the second half we got our rewards, the tempo was a little bit higher - we had complete control of the game really and we went and lost it 2-1."

Previously at home the Greens have won twice, against Northampton Town (3-2) and Rochdale (3-1)   while drawing with Bristol Rovers and Southend United.

Last Sunday Plymouth were knocked out the FA Cup at Dorchester Town, losing 1-0 after the early dismissal of Conor Hourihane while they had earlier lost to Burnley and Aldershot Town in the Capital One Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy respectively.

Leading Goalscorers…
Former Gillingham trialist Paris Cowan-Hall leads the Pilgrims goalscoring chart with four goals while four players, Warren Feeney, Rhys Griffiths, Guy Madjo and Robbie Williams are one behind on three apiece. Just behind these on two are Andres Gurrieri and Conor Hourihane.

Previous meetings…
The Gills have enjoyed their recent meetings with the Pilgrims doing the ‘double’ over them twice in the last three seasons that they’ve encountered each other, 1997-98 and 2011-12.
Last season saw three late goals from Danny Kedwell (2 pens) and Luke Rooney saw Andy Hessenthaler’s side to a 3-0 home win in August before Joe Martin, who was later sent-off, scored the only goal of the game with a cracker at Home Park seven months later.
Overall there have been 72 previous meetings between the two sides with the West Country side holding the upper hand with 31 wins in all competitions compared to the Gills 26 – 15 games have ended in draws.

Referee – Andy D’Urso
Assistant referee’s – Derek Eaton and Andrew Laver
Fourth Official – Mark Derrien

The experienced Essex official has taken charge of 13 games previously this season issuing three reds and 26 yellow cards.

He has been the man in the middle for Gillingham games 14 times previously dating back to October 1997 with the last of these being the Carling Cup First Round defeat against Norwich City at Carrow Road in August 2010.

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