Restrictions: Can only sign players who are transfer listed, loan listed or found by scouts.
The mid-week games are starting to take their toll on the squad. Fitness levels are slow to recover, and we’re starting to get more minor injuries.
Plymouth 2-2 Carlisle (Evans, Colosimo/Hore, Halliday)
A rare tactical switch in this one, with 20 minutes to go, we switch to an attacking, direct 4-3-3, and grab a 90th minute equaliser.
Cheltenham 3-3 Plymouth (Naylor 2, Allsopp/Smyth, Kerr, Jones)
With injuries, suspensions and fitness concerns, we have to chuck in some reserves. 2-0 down at the half and we switch to 4-3-3 again. It works a treat and we lead 3-2, but can’t hold on. Glad to have found an attacking tactic to change games though.
We sign Shaun Carey (MC) on a 3 month “prove it” deal to add depth in the middle of the park. And then promising 15 year old Adam Fleming (AM/FR) from Ireland.
We completely dominate, but Big Dave Seaman (player-manager) is just too good.
Plymouth 1-0 Exeter (Stonebridge)
And Exeter are down. In March.
Macclesfield 2-5 Plymouth (Tinson, Vickers/Colosimo, Taylor, Friio, Edwards, Evers)
The win over Macc gives us just a slim chance of sneaking into the play-offs, but with six games left, it’s a big ask. Only six points seperate us from 17th placed Rushden, so I’d be very happy to maintain a top ten place.
Halifax 0-3 Plymouth (Smyth, Stonebridge, Taylor)
Leyton Orient 2-2 Plymouth (Smith, Minton/Smyth, McGlinchey)
Smyth has taken advantage of Sveinsson’s injury and deservedly usurped his place up front.
Plymouth 3-1 Rochdale (McGowan, Stonebridge, Edwards/Connor)
A Monday night game, just two days after the Orient match leaves me no choice but to make eight changes. The back-ups done good.
Swansea 0-3 Plymouth (Edwards 2, Stonebridge)
Plymouth 1-0 Shrewsbury (Stonebridge)
David Friio caps his final home game with a straight red card. For dissent. After TWO MINUTES. Somehow, despite being under the cosh for 88 long minutes, we steal the win. But, despite our terrific run of form, with a game to go we’re 4 points behind Torquay, so no play-offs for us.
Another manager of the month award, and another young player award for Stonebridge lighten the mood a little.
York 2-2 Plymouth (Booth, O’Kane/Stonebridge, Edwards)