As Plymouth Argyle are the 'local' team and undertake training on the islands, my weekly football broadcast on the Radio Scilly tomorrow morning starts with the Charlton v. Plymouth Argyle match. This is what I will have to say from the Porthmellon studio.
After a poor start to the season, Plymouth Argyle have made a significant recovery and have every chance of qualifying for the play offs. They have won seven of their last eight games. They are sixth in the table and second in the form table.
Derek Adams thinks his side are a match for anyone in League One. He said: ‘I reckon my squad is capable of doing anything. The players have the bit between their teeth and have put themselves in a very good position. I don’t see many better teams in this league than ourselves. When I arrived at this club, the team couldn’t come from behind so we had to change the mentality. We have certainly got great character and spirit now and we have got good momentum at the right moment.’
Today [Saturday] Plymouth Argyle face my team Charlton Athletic at The Valley. The Addicks have been going through some difficult times recently and have fallen out of the play off places. They are sixth from bottom in the form table. A long takeover saga involving an Australian consortium is yet to be resolved. Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet has been highly unpopular with Charlton fans and has been the target of demonstrations, including some in his home town in Belgium.
Charlton manager Karl Robinson left earlier in the week to join Oxford United. Former player Lee Bowyer has been put in temporary charge, assisted by skipper Johnnie Jackson.
Argyle reckon there is no better time to play Charlton, but Bowyer and Jackson could motivate the team to rise above their recent lacklustre performances.
Plymouth have won six, drawn seven and lost five away from home. Charlton have won eight, drawn six and lost five. I am forecasting a draw which will suit neither team.