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Cowley: Attack The Week

Boss looks ahead to Plymouth test

15 March 2022

Danny Cowley
Photo: Malcolm Bryce

Pompey’s quest to continue building League One momentum could shortly hit a stumbling block.

A trip to fellow play-off hopefuls Bolton at the end of the month is likely to fall victim to international call-ups.

The following Saturday’s scheduled home clash with Rotherham has already been postponed because the opposition will be competing for the Papa John’s Trophy at Wembley.

So Danny Cowley wants to see his side in top form for their fixtures against Plymouth and Wycombe this week.

The Blues boss said: “We see this as a mini-season for us now and it looks like the Bolton game might get called off.

“That means we’ll have an enforced break, with the Rotherham fixture having already gone the following week.

“It's not ideal for us, but these games against Plymouth and Wycombe are going to be attacked with real positivity.

“We’ve been able to create some real momentum with eight matches unbeaten and six of those were victories.

“The point we got at Ipswich kept that run going and it sets us up really nicely for two big fixtures this week.”

"It's not ideal for us, but these games against Plymouth and Wycombe are going to be attacked with real positivity."

Danny Cowley

Argyle currently occupy the final play-off spot and Pompey will be trying to close a seven-point gap at Home Park.

Cowley said: “It’s a brilliant game for us and I’ve got a lot of respect for them – it’s no surprise to me that they are where they are in the league.

“Plymouth are a well organised team and Steven Schumacher has taken the reins seamlessly since replacing Ryan Lowe.

“They have a clear way of playing and guys in the squad who fit their style and formation. It’s allowed them to be consistent.

“We’ve had a good look at them and they enjoyed a very good result against Bolton at the weekend – they deserved the win.

“We know that Plymouth carry a huge threat on the counter-attack and love to get behind you quickly, while they can also take control and build from the back.

“There’s a lot to like about them, but we’re also in a really positive place at the moment, with lots of goals and clean sheets.

“Our group are fighting for each other and we showed against Ipswich that we can be disciplined and organised.”

Pompey will hope to have midfielder Michael Jacobs available in Devon following a month-long injury lay-off.

Cowley said: “We’re optimistic that he might be back and we’ve obviously got Marcus available again for Saturday.

“Michael trained with us on Monday before leaving for Plymouth and we’ll make a call off the back of that.”

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