Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Capital One Cup Fever!

Argyle's reward for their 3-0 victory over Portsmouth is a somewhat less than mouthwatering second round tie away at Burnley, which will be played during the week commencing 27th August.  As a result, Carl Fletcher's men face a 200 mile trip to Oxford for the away game on Saturday 25th, followed by the midweek cup tie at Turf Moor, a mere 311 miles from Home Park, before taking on Northampton at the Theatre of Greens on September 1st.

Considering the seeding system, it's hard to see how the Pilgrims could have got a worse draw.

The New Guys - Jamie Lowry

Who is he?

A versatile midfielder, who can also fill in at right full-back.

Where’s he come from?

Chesterfield, for whom he made 125 appearances between 2006 and 2012, scoring 11 goals.  Newquay-born Jamie also made 10 appearances on loan at Crewe Alexandra last season, the eventual League Two play-off winners.

Hmmm.  Sounds good.  What’s the catch?

Lowry did his cruciate in a match against for Chesterfield against Hereford in October 2009.  The injury sidelined him for the best part of 18 months and he’s only made 13 league appearances since his return in March 2011.

Ah.  I see...

It’s not necessarily as bad as it sounds – both Paul Wotton and Simon Walton recovered from similar injuries and they managed to rack up 90 appearances between them last season.  Plus Lowry is still relatively young (25) for a central midfielder, despite having played more than 100 Football League matches.

Did Crewe not want him back?

They were very keen to offer a permanent deal after Jamie was released by Chesterfield at the end of last season, before getting cold feet after their medical team had a look at his knee.  Let’s hope they were being overly cautious.

Yes, let’s.  How’s that going so far?

Well...he twisted an ankle in the pre-season game at Truro and is out until November. Which could happen to anyone and is in no way connected to his knee.  So there.