Plymouth Argyle have an early chance to get their dismal 5-1 defeat at Fleetwood Town out of their system when they play Peterborough United tomorrow night.
Manager Ryan Lowe admitted the Pilgrims were ‘nowhere near good enough’ against a rampant Fleetwood.
Lowe could decide to give those players the opportunity to redeem themselves for their uncharacteristically poor performance by sticking with the same side, or very close to it, at the Weston Homes Stadium.
However, with a squad full of strength and experience, Lowe has the option of making several changes.
Here is a look at how Argyle lined up at Fleetwood and an assessment of what changes Lowe could make against Peterborough:
Goalkeeper – Mike Cooper: Has been an ever present in League One this season and, generally, his performances have been good, but Lowe does now have the option of the vastly experienced Luke McCormick to call upon after his return to fitness following a shoulder injury.
Central defenders – Will Aimson, Jerome Opoku, Kell Watts: Aimson was replaced by Scott Wootton for tactical reasons during the first half at Fleetwood. So Lowe has a decision to make between them.
Niall Canavan also came off the bench at the start of the second period and played in the centre of the three defensive positions, taking over from Jerome Opoku.
However, Canavan was sent-off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence and must serve a one-match suspension against Peterborough.
So Opoku and Kell Watts are set to line-up together again, alongside either Aimson or Wootton.
Holding midfield role – Conor Grant: Lowe started with Grant in that position at Fleetwood instead of Tyrese Fornah, but the loan signing from Nottingham Forest was soon in the action as an 11th minute substitute for Panutche Camara as Argyle trailed 2-0. So there has to be a good possibility that Fornah starts against Peterborough in front of the defensive trio.
Right wing-back – Joe Edwards: Has captained the Pilgrims in recent games and scored some valuable goals from that role. Lowe could, however, move Byron Moore across from the left to play at right wing-back, allowing him to bring back George Cooper into the team.
Central midfield – Panutche Camara, Danny Mayor: It is a safe bet that Danny Mayor will start. Conor Grant looks most likely to be alongside him, but Ben Reeves is an option too. After his early substitution against Fleetwood, Camara might be on the bench this time.
Left wing-back – Byron Moore: Lowe could make a straight swap at that position, with George Cooper taking over. Or, as mentioned above, Moore could switch to the right.
Strikers – Frank Nouble, Dom Telford: Nouble was probably the one Argyle player at Fleetwood not to be far below his best. Lowe has the option of partnering either Ryan Hardie or top scorer Luke Jephcott up front with him. Alternatively, the Pilgrims’ boss could start both Hardie and Jephcott, who grabbed a late goal at Fleetwood.
So there are some of the options open to Lowe against Peterborough. There is one other scenario to consider, though.
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Against a side who are second in the table and one of the favourites for promotion, could Lowe try a different formation to his usual 3-1-4-2?
It will be very interesting to see what his starting line-up is against Peterborough and the system they are used in.