The U’s are back on the road tomorrow night, with a long trip South West to Plymouth, a city still in shock from the tragic events of last week.
United go into the game still looking for their first League One win, a draw against Oxford followed by a defeat to Accrington at the weekend, but we should see the return of Lloyd Jones to the defence following his absence through injury at Accrington.
This should see Paul Digby move back into the middle, and it’s likely that Wes Hoolahan won’t make the journey so we could see a return to 4-4-2, with O’Neil & Digby flanked by Brophy and Dunk, although Adam May could be in with a shout of a start. Up front, we think Ironside will start alongside Sam Smith, although Bonner could stick with his preferred one up front.
Expected U’s Line-Up: Mitov, Williams, Jones, Taylor, Iredale, Brophy, O’Neil, Digby, Dunk, Smith, Ironside
Who’s Their Player To Watch? Defender James Wilson has a wealth of experience at Championship and League One level, and has previously been capped by Wales
Who’s In The Dugout? Manager Ryan Lowe was a typical lower league journeyman, with a career taking in Shrewsbury, Chester, Crewe (twice), Stockport, Bury (three times), Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Tranmere, before retuning to Gigg Lane as player-manager. He was instrumental in Bury’s successful 2018-19 campaign, winning promotion to League One before the clubs demise.
What’s Their Recent Form Like? They lost their opening game 2-0 to Rotherham, but beat Gillingham 1-0 on Saturday. Midweek, they absolutely humiliated P*sh 4-0 at London Road, which was truly the highlight of the round.
Any Ex-United Players? Goalkeeper Callum Burton played a huge part in our promotion last season, standing in ably for first choice Dimitar Mitov.
Last Time Out: Plymouth 0-0 United, 22 February 2020
Our penultimate away game in front of fans before the COVID pandemic hit was a trip to Home Park back in February 2020.
From The Archive: United 1-0 Plymouth, 9 August 2014
A packed Abbey was the setting for our first game back in the Football League, and although Adam Cunnington missed a penalty, Super Josh Coulson was on hand to welly home from a corner to give the U’s all three points.
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Tough one. think Bonner will probably stick with a lone front man. Injuries are already starting to bite and we’re looking thin on depth in several areas. Need to cut out the basic defensive errors from Saturday and sharpen up to going forward. Be a complete bonus if we get any points from this game, tbh.