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Artell: "Plymouth Have Become A Tough Nut To Crack"

7 February 2022

David Artell believes that Steven Schumacher has made Plymouth Argyle a ‘tough nut to crack’ and that the continuity of him replacing Ryan Lowe as manager of the Pilgrims has almost been seamless.

The Home Park side have enjoyed a really consistent season and are on course to challenge for a play-off place in a highly competitive League One.

Ahead of our meeting this evening at Mornflake Stadium, Artell said: “Plymouth are a tough nut to crack, as Chelsea found out in the FA Cup at the weekend. The Champions of Europe found it really difficult to get through, so you can see how well Steven has done.

“Plymouth have had a really consistent season and been up there throughout the campaign. The continuity of Steven replacing Ryan (Lowe) has worked well for them and it is a well run club with a large fan base. Plymouth are a big club for his level with the support they can generate and they have a chance of finishing in the top six. That would be a terrific achievement.

“We have another tough game but then they are all tough at this level. Doncaster went to Sunderland and won at the weekend, so you know that if you can play to your potential and the nullify the strengths of the opposition then you have a chance. That is how we will approach it.

“We gave it a right good go at their place and came away with a draw and the aim is to play as well as that again and make sure we get something from the game again.”

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