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06 January 2024 Venue Home Park Attendance

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Plymouth v Sutton preview and match information

4 January 2024

For just the sixth time in the club's 126 year history, Sutton United will appear in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup this weekend. Three of the five previous appearances, against Hillingdon (1970), Coventry(1989) and Wimbledon(2017) have seen U's progress further, while Middlesbrough, after a replay, (1988) and Notts County (1994) ended Sutton's hopes at this stage. Sutton will be wearing amber.

The task this weekend is a tough one away to Championship opposition, with Plymouth Argyle having stormed to the League One title last season in an epic battle with Ipswich Town, amassing 101 points to finish three points ahead of the Suffolk side. However while Ipswich are looking capable of a second successive promotion this season, Plymouth have found the going a little harder in the Championship, currently lying 18th in the table, although it is away from Home Park that they have struggled, still looking for a first away league win. At home they have won seven and drawn three, with Millwall, Southampton and Swansea the only clubs to have won at Plymouth.

Steven Schumacher, who guided Plymouth to the League One title last season, recently left to take over at Stoke City and so, like Sutton, The Pilgrims are without a permanent manager at the moment with Director of Football Neil Dewsnip, a former Liverpool junior and Everton academy coach, currently in charge. He has seen talented attacking midfielder Finn Azaz, who starred against Sutton for Newport a couple of seasons ago, leave the club this week, recalled by his parent club Aston Villa ahead of a probable move to Middlesbrough, but Sutton still face a goal threat from Ryan Hardie and Morgan Whittaker who have over twenty goals between them this season.

Plymouth's best FA Cup performance came in the 1983-84 season when they reached the semi finals before losing 1-0 to Watford at Villa Park, and it is the first ever senior meeting between the clubs, although the respective academy teams have met twice in the last nine months.

For Sutton it's a break from the battle to climb away from the League Two relegation zone. Jason Goodliffe continues in interim charge, and will again be without the suspended Harry Smith, who today was charged by the FA in connection with comments made to a match official after his dismissal at Gillingham last week (further details here). Sam Hart is also likely be sidelined by the groin injury that forced him off against Newport on Monday but otherwise U's have no new injury worries and Craig Eastmond and Hisham Kasimu could return to the squad after their injury lay-offs. As reported earlier, D'Mani Mellor has returned to Wycombe following his loan spell with Sutton.

Saturday's referee is Will Finnie, who is in his fifth season as an EFL referee and presided over Sutton's exit from the Carabao Cup at Port Vale earlier this season. To balance any omens, fourth official Scott Tallis was in charge of U's second round victory against Horsham last month.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes there will be a replay at Sutton in the week of 15 January, and the fourth round draw is on Monday evening before the televised tie between Wigan and Manchester United, with the winners of our tie on Saturday having ball 

Anyone still wanting to buy a ticket has until 8.30am on Friday morning to do so, on line only by clicking here. There will be none on sale at Home Park on Saturday. Any tickets that have been ordered but not collected can be picked up from turnstiles B20-B25 in the Kawasaki Barn Park Stand at Plymouth on the day.

The Supporters' Club coach is full, and leaves the VBS at 7.30am.

Unfortunately FA regulations mean that the game cannot be live streamed. We will be providing an audio commentary on iFollow, but this is only available to anyone in possession of a valid monthly or seasonal audio pass. As in previous rounds we are not permitted to sell match passes for the audio commentary.

Supporters going by car should travel via the M5 and then the A38 to the Plymouth area. Exit at Manadon roundabout, signposted “Plymouth Argyle and Ferry Port” and A386. Take the second exit at the roundabout, following the direction of the flyover, to the left. Travel a mile on this road, and Home Park will appear on your left. The Milehouse park and ride car park is adjacent to the ground and free, but can get full quickly on match days so aim to arrive early. There are several pay and display car parks in and around the city centre. The closest of these to Home Park is on Stuart Road (PL1 5LH)

By rail Plymouth station is a 20 minute paved walk through Central Park to the ground.  Exit the station and walk down Saltash Road to the roundabout at the bottom of the hill and follow the pavement around to the right to briefly join Russell Place, before turning left up onto Holdsworth Street. Walk straight up the road and continue straight on to join the path leading into the park, and follow this until you reach the stadium. A portion of this walk is quite steeply uphill so an alternative is bus route 60 from the station to Outland Road, close to the ground. An hourly train service from Paddington leaves at 03 minutes past the hour, taking just over three hours. Return direct at 18.16 or 19.50, or at 17.27 or 18.27 with a change at Bristol Parkway. Supporters using the Underground to get to Paddington should note that there is no District Line service between Wimbledon and Parsons Green on Saturday.

 

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Match Reports

Match report for Plymouth Argyle 3 Sutton United 1

6 January 2024

Plymouth Argyle 3 (Cundle 18, Hardie 68 pen, Whittaker 90+1) Sutton United 1 (Angol 50)

Plymouth eventually progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup as would have been expected, but a fine Sutton performance made them battle all the way and had U's taken the tie back to a replay at the VBS there could have been few complaint.

With Dominic Pereira suffering from the after effects of the knock on the head he received against Newport when he hit the post, and Aiden O'Brien suffering a back injury in training, Ryan Jackson was on the right of a five man midfield behind Lee Angol. Plymouth included both Ryan Hardie and Morgan Whittaker, with over 20 goals between them this season, and as would have been expected Plymouth had the majority of possession in the first half. Sutton defended well, with several good blocks and clearances, and had a half chance of their own when a long Jackson throw just evaded Harry Beautyman. U's will be disappointed that the only first half goal came from a Sutton attack as an overhit Jackson cross was cleared. Whittaker's crossfield pass sent Freddie Issaka away, and from his set up Callum Wright's shot was well saved by Bouzanis, who got a hand to Luke Cundle's follow up effort but couldn't keep it out.

Cundle almost had a second when his shot was deflected just wide after a misunderstanding between Josh Coley and Ben Goodliffe, and Milsom diverted a Whittaker shot wide as U's reached half time still well in the game and regretting not making the most of the possession that they did have.

Sutton came out strongly in the second half and might have scored within a minute when Joe Kizzi headed a free kick back across goal but goalkeeper Conor Hazard cut the ball out before a Sutton player could turn it in. However soon afterwards Angol collected a pass on the right of the penalty area, held off a challenge and shot firmly past Hazard for the equaliser.

At this stage Sutton were the better team and Brendan Galloway had to head a Josh Coley cross out from the six yard box, just avoiding turning the ball in to his own net. U's brought on Craig Eastmond and Christian N'Guessan, but before the changes could take effect Plymouth had gone ahead against the run of play when Whittaker was fouled by Coley as he looked for a return pass from Joe Edwards, and Hardie's penalty found the net despite a strong hand from Bouzanis.

Sutton could still have forced a replay, Harry Beautyman just failing to get a touch on a Coley cross, but the best chance came when substitutes Tope Fadahunsi and Omari Patrick created an opening and the ball was rolled in to the path of Eastmond, who shot disappointingly wide from the edge of the penalty area. Pushing forward, U's were caught on the break and Whittaker again cut in from the right and saw his shot take a deflection to loop over Bouzanis in to the net and give the scoreline a very harsh look for Sutton.

Sutton: D Bouzanis, J Kizzi, R Milsom, O Sowunmi, B Goodliffe, C Clay(sub C Eastmond 64), J Coley (sub O Patrick 73), R Jackson, L Angol(sub T Fadahunsi 73), H Beautyman(sub H Kasimu 90+1), D Gape(sub C N'Guessan 64) Subs n/u J Rose, S Arnold, C Dundas. Booked: Kizzi, Clay

Plymouth: C Hazard, B Galloway, M Miller(sub L Gibson 84), L Cundle, A Randell, D Scarr, F Issaka(sub B Mumba 58), J Edwards(sub  K Kessler-Hayden 77), R Hardie(sub B Waine 77) M Whittaker, C Wright(sub J Houghton 58). Subs n/u C Burton, J Pleguezuelo, M Butcher, M Bundu. Booked: Edwards

Referee: Will Finnie

Attendance: 15,643(378 away)

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Ticket News

Plymouth ticket update and travel information

2 January 2024

This Saturday we make our first appearance in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup since the 2016-17 season when we travel to Devon to take on Championship side Plymouth Argyle. We will be wearing our all amber kit. There will be no tickets on sale to Sutton supporters at Home Park on the day of the game so tickets must be bought in advance.

The club office will be open between 10am and 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and from 8.30am to 9am on Friday, for the sale of tickets, and they can also be ordered on line, although tickets ordered on line will need to be collected from the club during the above hours or from turnstiles B20-B25 in the Kawasaki Barn Park Stand at Plymouth on the day. Season ticket holders and half season ticket holders can claim a ticket at special season ticket holder rates, with prices as follows.

Season ticket holders: Adults £10; Over 65 £7; Age 18-23 £5; Under 18 £3

Non season ticket holders: Adults £15; Over 65 £10; Age 18-23 £7; Under 18 £5

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult, over 65 or 18-23 spectator. Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price with a free Personal Assistant provided they are in receipt of the higher or enhanced rate of DWP/PIP.

On line tickets can be bought here

To take advantage of the reduced price tickets, season ticket and half season ticket holders should follow the below procedure:

1.      Click “edit details” on the Assign Attendees page

2.      Input your name and client reference number exactly as it appears on your season ticket for each ticket. This is the SUFCXXXXXXX number and needs to be different for each ticket to redeem the reduced pricing offer

3.      Select confirm and pay and you can then complete your purchase.

Our club shop will be open from 10am to 12 noon Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

The Supporters' Club coach will leave the VBS at 7.30am, AND HAS NOW SOLD OUT

Supporters going by car should travel via the M5 and then the A38 to the Plymouth area. Exit at Manadon roundabout, signposted “Plymouth Argyle and Ferry Port” and A386. Take the second exit at the roundabout, following the direction of the flyover, to the left. Travel a mile on this road, and Home Park will appear on your left. The Milehouse park and ride car park is adjacent to the ground and free, but can get full quickly on match days so aim to arrive early. There are several pay and display car parks in and around the city centre. The closest of these to Home Park is on Stuart Road (PL1 5LH)

By rail Plymouth station is a 20 minute paved walk through Central Park to the ground.  Exit the station and walk down Saltash Road to the roundabout at the bottom of the hill and follow the pavement around to the right to briefly join Russell Place, before turning left up onto Holdsworth Street. Walk straight up the road and continue straight on to join the path leading into the park, and follow this until you reach the stadium. A portion of this walk is quite steeply uphill so an alternative is bus route 60 from the station to Outland Road, close to the ground. An hourly train service from Paddington leaves at 03 minutes past the hour, taking just over three hours. Return direct at 18.16 or 19.50, or at 17.27 or 18.27 with a change at Bristol Parkway. Supporters using the Underground to get to Paddington should note that there is no District Line service between Wimbledon and Parsons Green on Saturday.

 

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