A decent performance but a frustrating result last week against AFC Wimbledon changes little about our season. The play-offs are a mirage for us right now, laying somewhere in the distance, never in reach, which drawing at home to bottom of the division will not bring any closer.
Having failed to win our past two games, another failure to put away a relegation contender in this upcoming game against Plymouth Argyle would officially make this a poor run of form. Although we’re some distance short of being in need of a win, it would be more than welcome to take three points from this game.
It’s hard to see Mark Robins deviating too vastly from last week’s starting XI. Jordy Hiwula and Conor Chaplin were relatively poor by their recent standards against AFC Wimbledon but they are currently in vogue ahead of Jonson Clarke-Harris, who has become our default first substitution over the past month.
Bright Enobakhare showed flashes of ability against AFC Wimbledon but was perhaps guilty of trying to do too much to impress in what appeared to be an uncomfortable left-wing berth for him. There is a case for Robins to move the Wolves loanee into a more central position and while shifting Jordy Hiwula onto the left side so that Enobakhare can be more of an influence, but if there’s going to be any changes involving the front four, the security that Jordan Shipley offers in an away game is likely to be favoured.
It’s unclear what the situation is at left-back after the 18 year-old Sam McCallum started last week ahead of Junior Brown and Brandon Mason, neither of whom were even in the matchday squad. It was a difficult 90 minutes for the youngster, suggesting that he’s not quite ready even if he does look a decent prospect. Without knowing whether the two more senior left-backs are in contention for this game, it would be a concern were McCallum to be handed another start.