In his Friday press conference, Ryan Lowe confirmed that he has no injury concerns to report as Plymouth Argyle face Bristol Rovers in the second round of the FA Cup.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “we are injury free. It’s nice to not talk about, for once! Fully fit squad, and hopefully it will stay that way.”

Lowe also discussed how he is approaching this derby slightly differently, after the humbling 4-0 defeat to Exeter City, when he was criticised for his attitude before the game. He said, “I’m learning very quickly as a manager, that derbies mean a bit more, I want to say it’s just another game but I understand it can be a bit more important to the fans. Don’t worry we’ll be up for it.”

Although, Argyle have played Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy this season, Lowe does not think that game has any bearing on the result this Sunday: “I don’t think the previous meetings with them mean much. We know them well, but they have changed their system several times since we played, and it won’t have much relevance.”

“Graham is a good guy, his team is effective, and organised. The respect is there, between staff and players, there’s a bit of a rivalry and we’re similar-sized clubs but for us, we just have to focus on ourselves.”

The press conference then moved on to the topic of Trevor East, who joined the Plymouth Argyle board this week, as a director.

“The appointment of Trevor East says a lot about where the club wants to get to. He’s well connected, but ultimately he’s a good guy”.

“He’s a big influence on me, have only known him a short while. We are extremely pleased to have him on board.”In terms of the Board of Directors, they are all good people. Trevor mentioned the Championship – so he’s already putting a bit of pressure on me!”

“We have aspirations, Trevor hasn’t come here for nothing, he wants to help build this fantastic club.”


Opposition View: Bristol Rovers v Plymouth Argyle