We take a look at The Pilgrims...
After a season of troubles the year before, it was much improved for John Sherdian’s Plymouth Argyle during his first full season in charge. Sheridan’s side rarely threatened to finish in the play-off places, but secured a top ten finish, despite not winning any of their final five games of the campaign. Argyle will be hoping to improve on that tenth placed finish next season.
John Sheridan took charge of Plymouth Argyle in January 2013, and helped the club to avoid relegation from the Football League. A number of changes were made to the squad, and Sheridan guided the club to a tenth placed finish. He had previously spent time with Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield, before his move to Home Park.
THE MEN TO WATCH
Reuben Reid spent last season on loan with Argyle, making 46 league appearances, scoring 17 goals. He has joined the club on a permanent deal this summer.
Lewis Alessandra finished last season with 11 goals in all competitions, playing sometimes as a striker and sometimes on the wing. His trickery is difficult for defenders to live with.
Plymouth’s captain Conor Hourihane has been with the club since 2011. His threat from set pieces, most noticeably free-kicks is something all sides up against the Pilgrims are aware of.
WHAT’S HAPPENED THIS SUMMER
Reuben Reid has signed a permanent deal with the club, while Paul Wotton has agreed a deal to become a player-coach.
Carl McHugh has joined from Bradford City, while Deane Smalley has also joined the club. Ben Purrington and Nathan Thomas have signed new deals.
Defender Curtis Nelson has also signed a new deal, along with youngsters Luke Young and Jared Sims.
Lee Cox has joined from Swindon Town while Matt Lecointe has signed a new deal.
Andres Gurrieri and Durrell Berry have both left after turning down new contracts.
Blues just edge The Pilgrims in the overall history of previous meetings. Southend United have won 24 games, Plymouth have won 23, while there has been 21 draws.
One of those draws with at Home Park last season, while Blues won 1-0 at Roots Hall on the opening day of the season.