Plymouth Argyle will want to right some wrongs when they take on Lincoln City in the FA Cup second round at Home Park tomorrow.
The Pilgrims were beaten 2-0 by the same opponents in a League One game at Sincil Bank last month.
However, events conspired against Argyle that day, starting with defenders Niall Canavan and Scott Wootton being sent home less than four hours before kick-off.
That was because they had been in close contact with team-mate Conor Grant, who had tested positive for Covid-19.
Then, with the game still goalless early in the second half, Lincoln were awarded a hotly-disputed penalty.
It was given after Lincoln’s Brennan Johnson went down inside the box, with Argyle midfielder Panutche Camara close to him.
The Pilgrims were adamant a penalty should not have been awarded as there had been no contact and referees’ chief Mike Jones later told manager Ryan Lowe it had been the wrong decision.
Now the two teams will meet again, with a place in the FA Cup third round at stake.
Argyle are coming off back-to-back away league defeats this week, against Fleetwood Town (5-1) and Peterborough United (1-0).
Lowe said: “The importance of the FA Cup is massive for me and the lads, and the football club as a whole.
“It’s a great competition and it will be nice to get back on Home Park. We have done a lot of travelling.
“It’s going to be a tough test in Lincoln, as we well know, but it’s one we are looking forward to, and it’s one we feel we can win, definitely.
“They are as good as most teams (in League One) but so are we on the day.
“It will be massively important if we do get to the third round but we have got a team to get past first and that’s Lincoln City.”
On the previous meeting against Lincoln, Lowe said: “I thought we were hard done by with a penalty on 50 minutes.
“We had a tough afternoon that day, I remember, with the Covid stuff that went on and players getting sent home who were in the team potentially.
“The game plan we had set out got ruined only hours before kick-off. We had to change things up very quickly and we put one or two players out of position.
“We know what to expect from Lincoln. They are a good team with a good manager, and they play the right way, but we have got to make sure we are solely focused on us.”
Lincoln manager Michael Appleton has said he will make ‘a few changes’ to his team for the FA Cup tie against Argyle.
“We’ve got players who deserve and need minutes,” he told the Lincolnshire Echo.
“And there are a few players who need to keep up their fitness levels because they’re slightly behind some of the other lads.”
On Argyle, Appleton added: “With them being the home team, there will be an expectation for them to win the game and play as strong a team as they possibly can.
“I’m not really fussed about that, if I’m being honest, I’m just going to try and focus on our lads and make sure we’ve got a decent balance about us and give the opportunity to players who deserve to have a run-out.”
David Rock has shown 31 yellow cards in 11 games of his second season as an EFL referee and has yet to send off anyone.
Took charge of Blackpool’s 3-0 win away to Eastbourne Borough in the FA Cup first round last month.
Rock has made two previous visits to Home Park, the first when Argyle beat Grimsby Town 3-0 in League Two at the start of March.
He was then the referee for the Pilgrims’ 2-0 League One victory over Burton Albion in October.
FA CUP HEAD TO HEAD
Argyle have played Lincoln in three previous FA Cup games against Lincoln, the first more than 100 years ago.
That was when Argyle won 4-1 in January 1914, with Harry Raymond getting two of their goals.
The Pilgrims were drawn away to Lincoln in the FA Cup first round in the 2013/14 season, when City were a Football Conference club.
League Two side Argyle, under John Sheridan, went to Sincil Bank and drew 0-0.
They then won the replay at Home Park 5-0 with Reuben Reid completing a hat-trick. Lewis Alessandra was also on target and there was an own goal from Andrew Boyce.
Argyle are 6/4 with Sky Bet to secure a place in the third round, while Lincoln are priced at 8/5 to beat the Pilgrims. The draw is 23/10.
FA CUP PRIZE MONEY
Argyle picked up £16,972 in prize money after beating Charlton Athletic 1-0 in the FA Cup first round.
Striker Luke Jephcott got the winning goal in the second half at The Valley.
The prize money in the second round is £25,500 for the winners of each of the 20 ties while the losers will get £8,500.
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FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW
There are no replays in the FA Cup this season so extra-time will be played if ties end in draws after 90 minutes, and there will be penalties if necessary.
The winners out of Argyle and Lincoln will be ball number six in the third round draw, which will take place on Monday night.
It will be broadcast on BT Sport and on BBC1 between 7.00-7.30pm, with all the Premier League and Championship clubs entering the competition at that stage.