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Match Preview: Barnet v Plymouth Argyle

29 February 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s game against Plymouth Argyle…

Barnet v Plymouth Argyle
Sky Bet League Two
The Hive
Tuesday 1st March 2016
Kick Off: 19:45


Barnet: The Bees will go into this match in good spirits, having come back from two goals down to rescue a point against Accrington on Saturday. Midfielder Chris Hackett went off injured during the second half of that game, and will miss the home match against Plymouth as a result. Elliott Johnson, Shaun Batt and Graham Stack will also be unavailable through injury.

Barnet are currently the third best team at home in League Two, having recently beaten play-off chasing Portsmouth at The Hive. They have picked up 15 points from the last ten matches, leaving the Bees tenth in the division’s form chart.

To watch the Martin Allen’s pre-match interview, click here.

Plymouth Argyle: The Pilgrims are just a place above Barnet in the League Two form chart over the last six matches; both teams have picked up 9 points, with Plymouth scoring one more goal than the Bees. They beat Notts County 1-0 at home on Saturday, but recorded two draws in their previous two fixtures – 1-1 with Crawley and 0-0 with Yeovil. Argyle have been good on the road this season, and have the 3rd best away form in the league.

In The Dugout:  Derek Adams is a name that will be familiar to fans of Scottish football, having masterminded Ross County’s rise through the divisions during two spells in the Highlands.  He was initially player-manager of the Staggies, and led them to the Second Division championship in 2008. His side also reached the Scottish Cup final in 2010. He returned to Victoria Park after a brief period as Hibernian assistant manager, and again achieved promotion – this time winning the First Division title. Ross County finished mid-table in the SPL the following year, before parting company with Adams after a difficult start to the 2014-15 season. He joined Plymouth Argyle in the summer, ahead of the current campaign.

Dangermen: Adams has recruited well from his native Scotland, and two of his signings from north of the border have been particularly impressive this season. ‘Speed merchant’ Gregg Wylde began his career at Rangers, but left the club to join Bolton Wanderers when they entered administration. The winger never made a league appearance for the Trotters, and soon moved back to Scotland for a short spell with Aberdeen. Wylde then joined SPL side St Mirren and became an integral part of their team; making 46 appearances in a season and a half with the Buddies. He arrived at Home Park this summer, following St Mirren’s relegation to the Championship.

Irish midfielder  Graham Carey has also represented St Mirren; making 86 appearances during two spells with the club. The versatile long throw specialist joined up with Adams at Ross County in 2013. After 63 appearances he followed the manager to Plymouth, and has scored eight goals so far this season.

Last Meeting: Barnet were unfortunate not to come away with a share of the points when they travelled to Plymouth earlier this season. The Bees took the lead through Aaron McLean on the half hour mark, following good work from Curtis Weston. But Plymouth rallied after the break, and goals from Graham Carey and Jake Jervis ensured that Martin Allen’s side suffered a rather undeserved loss to the Pilgrims. You can read the report from that match here.

Ticket Details: You can book tickets in advance of the game online here. Tickets can be bought on the day of the match, but only at the Ticket Office. It is recommended to arrive early to avoid queues.

Tickets to Tuesday’s match are also available as part of our ‘Three for £33’ bundle! Find out more here.

Travel: As usual, there are no shuttle buses running to and from The Hive for mid-week matches.

Food & Drink: Grazioli’s Bar (under the West Stand) will be open from 17:15, and will be serving our range of top quality burgers. Why not head down to the ground early and enjoy a pre-match beer before the game?

Prize Draw: Tickets for the Amber Triple Chance Draw are available for just £1. You could win a guaranteed first prize of £200, a £300 Jako voucher in our monthly draw, and be entered in an end-of-season draw for a year’s free Bees Membership! You can get tickets from our sellers around the ground.

Follow The Match: If you can’t get to The Hive, you can listen to full commentary of the match on Bees Player HD. We’ll also have live twitter updates throughout the game, and a match report & post-match reaction on barnetfc.com.


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