Plymouth boss Peter Reid has urged his players to keep their nerve in the face of a 'difficult' game against Charlton tomorrow, following the 'terrific' result by the Addicks at MK Dons: Reid
The Pilgrims have three players on international duty, one at Windsor Park tonight in the clash between Northern Ireland and Italy. At one time it was thought this might lead to the match being called off. A request was made to the Football League, but the cash flow position is so desperate at Home Park that the directors insisted that the match should go ahead.
Plymouth's captain, Carl Fletcher, has been training on his own because of jury service. He tried to be excused, but the judge told him he was not famous enough and the charm merchant stormed out of court.
Reid has also urged his players not to be distracted by the financial crisis at the club. The Pilgrims were served with yet another winding up order by Revenue and Customs on Wednesday, but it was withdrawn, presumably because the bill was settled.
Top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips is expected to start after he was confined to the bench because of an injury. Midfielder Kari Arnason is also back after an injury, but local opinion is that he is useless. Reid may risk 18-year old Dean Parrett, on loan from Spurs, in the hope of injecting some creativity into the midfield (sound familiar?)
Keeper David Button, on loan from Spurs, has been out injured since 11th September. His replacement Roman Larrieu managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time in six games on Wednesday against Cheltenham in the paint drying trophy.
I have pre-recorded a match preview for Radio Scilly and hopefully this will go out in the sports show slot tonight (the sports show has been called off because of a broken helicopter). I am forecasting a 1-1 draw.