Plymouth Argyle boss wants his side to be brave against Doncaster Rovers

Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe has called on his players to be brave when they visit Doncaster Rovers this afternoon.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 9:34 am

Argyle triumphed in the reverse fixture in October and Lowe is confident they earned Rovers’ respect.

“We have got to penetrate, we have got to split lines and pass through the thirds, and run with the ball in certain areas,” he said.

“That’s what we have got to do, but Doncaster will do the same as well.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Ryan Lowe

“They are a 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, they can play different ways. They could be a 4-5-1 out of possession also.

“We have just got to go there and be brave and try and execute the game plan.

“Yeah, they are at home but I think they will respect us. We beat them at our place earlier on in the season.

“I’m sure Andy Butler will have a look at that as well. Then it’s about who does their jobs best will probably win a game of football, and we are hoping it’s us.”

Though Plymouth have lost two of their last three matches, those are their only defeats in the league since the turn of the year. However, the Pilgrims have only won three matches away from home in League One this season.

As they look to better that record they come up against a Rovers side in the early days of the Andy Butler era.

But Lowe is not expecting much to have changed in Rovers’ approach from that under previous boss Darren Moore.

Lowe said: “They haven’t changed 18/19 players, they have just changed one manager and two coaching staff.

“The style of play has got them in the play-off places, I don’t think that will change.

“Andy Butler will come in and just follow suit, if you like, all the same methods. I don’t think he will try and reinvent the wheel because of where they are.

“He might put his own stamp and his authority on it, which I’m sure he will.

“Sometimes it can work in your favour when you lose your manager, sometimes it can go against you.

“It helped them on Tuesday night. They got a fantastic win against Portsmouth.

“There was no-one moaning or crying over the departure of Darren Moore. They were obviously looking forward.

“What we have got to do is we have got to go there and respect them, but not fear them.

“We have got to go there and have a toe-to-toe game of football and hopefully try and take some points.”

Rovers boss Butler says it will be important for his side to out-work Plymouth.

But he is confident matching their efforts from the midweek win over Portsmouth will take them a long way.

“Ryan Lowe’s side always work hard,” he said.

“We went down there earlier in the season and it wasn’t a great result for us.

“We’ll look at them and see where we can exploit them and we’ll try to do that.

“As long as they keep doing what we ask of them then I have no issues with the players.

“It’s all about getting the performance and the results will follow.

“Plymouth are an excellent side and it’ll be a tough game.”


In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.