Sturrock's warning to Plymouth

PLYMOUTH boss Paul Sturrock has warned his side that they will need to perform better than they did in their midweek win against Preston if they are to beat Ipswich Town today.

Derek Davis

PLYMOUTH boss Paul Sturrock has warned his side that they will need to perform better than they did in their midweek win against Preston if they are to beat Ipswich Town today.

A Rory Fallon goal made it three wins without conceding at Home Park on Tuesday, but Sturrock wants more from the eighth-placed team.

He said: “We've got to positive with our approach and, better than we were on Tuesday night if we want to come away with three points.


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“You cannot turn in that kind of performance and expect to win football matches. But if they show the same attitude and work-rate we'll be handful for anybody.”

Sturrock will make changes from that side, the first time he has tinkered with his team in seven matches.

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With Matt Doumbe struggling with a bruised foot Argyle will probably try someone else at right back.

Sturrock said: “We'll give Matt (Doumbe) every opportunity to prove his fitness,” said Sturrock.

“(David) McNamee is a consideration. Obviously he's come back into the plans.

“Now we'll just have to see whether it's too early or not.

“But I won't be straying far again but I might tinker with positioning due to Ipswich's style.”

Sturrock also played down the chances of striker Emile Mpenza making even a cameo appearance at Home Park.

“We'll wait and see how he is today - he's had an injection into the back of his knee,” said Sturrock..

“He's not been able to do anything - he's going to have to show me some zip and zest if he's going to change my mind.”

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