Friday, 31 August 2012

The Opposition: Northampton Town

Founded: 1897

Manager: Aidy Boothroyd (since November 2011)

Record transfer fee paid: Josh Low (£165,000, 2003)

Final league position (2011-12): 20th, Football League Two

Previous seasons:

2010-11: 16th, Football League Two

2009-10: 11th, Football League Two

2008-09: 21st, Football League One (relegated)

Top scorer (2011-12): Adebayo Akinfenwa (8)

Recent results: DWDWDL

Current league position: 9th

Last time out: Northampton Town 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3

Head-To-Head: Argyle won 17, lost 20, drawn 12

Most recent meeting: NorthamptonTown 0, Argyle 0, 25th March 2012

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Burnley 1, Argyle 1 (3:2 on penalties)

Argyle exited the Capital One Cup at the second round stage, losing on penalty kicks to Burnley at Turf Moor. Charlie Austin headed the home side into the lead in the 37th minute but Argyle equalised late in the the second half, Robbie Williams converting an injury time penalty after Paris Cowan-Hall was fouled by Sam Vokes. There were no further goals in extra time and Brian 'The Beast' Jensen proved the difference in the shoot-out, saving kicks from Williams, Luke Young and Connor Hourihane to secure the Clarets' progress to the third round.

Monday, 27 August 2012

The Opposition: Burnley

Founded: 1882

Manager: Eddie Howe (since January 2011)

Record transfer fee paid: Steven Fletcher (£3m, 2009)

Final league position (2011-12): 13th, Football League Championship

Previous seasons:

2010-11: 8th, Football League Championship

2009-10: 18th, Premier League (relegated)

2008-09: - 5th, Football League Championship (promoted via play-offs)

Top scorer (2011-12): Charlie Austin (16)

Recent results: WLL

Current league position: 18th

Last time out: Huddersfield United 2, Burnley 0

Head-To-Head: Argyle won 15, lost 17, drawn 20

Most recent meeting: Burnley 2, Argyle 1, 21st March 2009

Sunday, 26 August 2012

League Two Round-Up - Game Three

Full results from this round of matches in Football League Two are available here on the BBC Sport website.

Gillingham kept pace with Oxford at the top of the table, winning 2-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge to maintain their 100% League Two record, whilst Shaun Harrad’s third goal of the season helped propel Cheltenham up to third as the Robins won away at Aldershot. Bradford climbed to fourth with a 5-1 thrashing of Wimbledon at Valley Parade, closely followed by Micky Adams’ Port Vale who picked up a 3-1 away win against Morecombe. Exeter and Accrington occupy the remaining play-off places, despite the Grecians hammering Stanley 3-0 at St James Park.

Rene Howe scored twice as Torquay registered their first win of the season at Plainmoor, beating Rochdale 4-2, whilst much-fancied Rotherham drew at 1-1 with Chesterfield at the New York Stadium. Fleetwood, meanwhile, picked up their first ever win as a Football League club with a 1-0 triumph over Burton at the Pirelli Stadium. Fellow League Two newboys York also had a good afternoon, winning 3-1 away at Barnet.

Bristol Rovers took a 3-0 first half lead away at Wycombe, only to see the match abandoned midway through the second period due to inclement weather with the score 3-1 in the Gas’ favour. Northampton Town, Argyle’s next league opponents, were denied by a late Ryan Cresswell goal as Southend struck at the death to secure a 3-3 draw at Sixfields.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Oxford United 2, Argyle 1


Argyle lost 2-1 to early pace-setters Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. The visitors made a lively start to the game but were undone by a quick one-two from the U's midway through the first half, conceding two Deane Smalley goals in three minutes. A 74th minute Robbie Williams free kick halved the Greens' deficit but Durrell Berry's injury time post-rattling effort was the closest they came to a late equaliser.

Friday, 24 August 2012

The Opposition - Oxford United

Founded: 1893

Manager: Chris Wilder (since December 2008)

Record transfer fee paid: Dean Windass (£470,000, 1998)

Final league position (2011-12): 9th, Football League Two

Previous seasons:

2010-11: 12th, Football League Two

2009-10: 3rd Blue Square Premier

2008-09 - 7th, Blue Square Premier

Top scorer (2011-12): James Constable (11)

Recent results: DWW

Current league position: 1st
Last time out: Oxford United 2, Southend United 0
Head-To-Head: Argyle won 11, lost 14, drawn 11

Most recent meeting: Argyle 1, Oxford United 1, 21st April 2012

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

League Two Round-Up - Game Two

Full results from this round of matches in Football League Two are available here on the BBC Sport website.

Oxford United, who meet Argyle at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, sit atop League Two after picking up a 2-0 victory over a Southend side who played for more than an hour with ten men after Michael Timlin picked up two bookings in the opening 27 minutes. Gillingham, who beat Wycombe 1-0, and Accrington Stanley, who maintained their fine early season form with a 2-0 win over Port Vale, are the only other teams to have a 100% record after two matches. Paul Sturrock’s Shrimpers, meanwhile, find themselves bottom of the pile and are the only side yet to pick up a point.

Big spenders and pre-season favourites Rotherham and Fleetwood had a difficult evening; the Millers lost 2-1 to Northampton while last season’s Blue Square Premier champions suffered a 1-0 reverse at Valley Parade. Martin Ling’s Torquay drew their second game on the trot, 2-2 at home against Cheltenham, whilst Exeter bounced back from their opening day disappointment with a 2-1 victory away at Aldershot.

The game of the evening took place at the Pirelli Stadium, where Burton scored four goals in the opening 20 minutes of a 6-2 victory over Wimbledon. York City twice came from behind to claim a point in their 2-2 draw at Morecambe, while Barnet and Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield and Rochdale played out 1-1 draws.