Sky Bet League 1: Match Report of MK Dons versus Plymouth Argyle
By Chay Saggers
Stephen Schumacher’s reign as Plymouth Argyle manager started with a fierce 1-1 draw against play-off challengers Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK.
Conor Grant’s sixth goal of the season cancelled out Dons wing-back Tennai Watson’s first ever professional goal.
Schumacher’s first game in charge of The Pilgrims didn’t start as well as he would have hoped. Scott Twine’s long through ball beat his defenders and Watson latched onto to smash home past Argyle keeper Michael Cooper.
After a lacklustre first half from the away side, they came out with a real desire to get back into the game and they did just that through Conor Grant.
After a brilliant piece of well-worked football. Luke Jephcott whipped in a stunning cross to Panutche Camara who set the ball up beautifully for Grant to crack into the roof of the net to equalise for the visitors.
Minutes later, Spurs loanee Troy Parrott almost regained the lead for his side after he struck the bar with a sweet volley from 25 yards away from goal moments after coming on.
This draw means that MK Dons sit just outside the play-off spots with a game in hand on their rivals. While Plymouth are placed fifth but have played one more game than most other surrounding teams.
Next up, MK Dons face play-off rivals Oxford United as they look to wiggle their way into the play-off spots. Meanwhile, Plymouth travel to Tyneside to face in-form Sunderland at the Stadium of Light as both sides seek to keep challenging for the play-off positions.
Milton Keynes Dons First XI – Fisher, O’Hora, Darling (Baldwin 45’), Lewington, Watson, Robson, McEachran (Parrott 67’), Harriet, O’Riley, Twine, Eisa
Plymouth Argyle First XI – Coope, Wilson, Scarr, Gillesphey, Edwards, Pereira Cámara, Houghton, Broom (Mayor 62’), Grant, Jephcott (Garrick 71’), Hardie (Ennis 89’)