The top of the table clash saw long-term absentee, Luke McCullough, return to the starting 18 – as Rovers hosted promotions rivals, Plymouth Argyle. 

 

The first half saw Rowe have a penalty appeal turned down – after watching replays, it looks like the referee, Mr Langford, made the right decision.

Biggest threat from Rovers during the first half was Tommy Rowe – down the left hand side – with him managing to get vital crosses into John Marquis and Alfie May upfront, which unfortunately, they couldn’t convert.

Matty Blair presented his pace again, with him making runs down the right hand side, which caused Argyle problems, also allowing him to get crosses into the box – essentially opening up Plymouth.

Just before half time, Rovers should’ve taken the lead, with one of the biggest chances of the half! Coppinger found himself with a clear shot from the edge of the box, but when he pulled the trigger it was cleared off the line by pretty much all of Argyle’s defence. Marquis had a rebound from that chance, but his header went over.

The closest that Argyle came to scoring in the first half was within the first ten minuets, after Matthew Kennedy tried his look from range, but it was no trouble for Rovers stopper, Ian Lawlor.

During the second half, Rovers appeared to have switched off with Plymouth taking control of the game, due to them taking the lead through a corner, which found the end of Sonny Bradley, to give Argyle the lead.

This seemed to have given them confidence to go on and try and catch Darren Ferguon’s men on the counter-attack with Jervis being their main vocal point.

Rovers had a few chances in the second half, with Coppinger being that man pulling the strings in those attacks. One in particular effort saw one of his volleys bobble just wide.

Plymouth have goalkeeper, Luke McCormick, to thanks for their result, as he managed to keep them in the game, pulling off some fantastic saves.

Post match, Darren Ferguson, stated that the best team lost. He also added that Liam Mandeville wasn’t included, because he’s sustained another injury, which is the same as the last one, but this time it’s in the opposite leg.

Rovers Starting XI: Lawlor; Blair, Butler, Baudry, Alcock; Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.

Rovers bench: Marosi, Williams, McSheffrey, Middleton, Evina, Lund and McCullough.

Plymouth Starting XI: McCormick, Miller, Sarcevic, Spencer, Carey, Jervic, Bradley, Kennedy, Threlkeld, Fox and Sokolik.

Plymouth bench: Sawyer, Songo’o, Slew, Donaldson, Blissett, Taylor and Dorel.

My man of the match: Tommy Rowe.

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