Hungry For Goals

CONOR Hourihane would love only one thing better than scoring the Devon derby winner at Plainmoor on Saturday, and that is three points for the Pilgrims.

The Irish Under-21 international midfielder has been in eye-catching form this season and has come close to franking his performances with a goal.

A strike against the Gulls in this weekend’s sell-out npower League 2 clash would be most welcome, but not quite as welcome as a second successive Argyle victory.

“It would be great to get off the mark,” said Conor, 21.

“I’ve been getting in the right positions - I just need to start putting a few away now. If it goes off my back or from two yards, they all count.

“I’d love to get one against Torquay, but, first and foremost, it’s about the three points and I’m not fussed whoever scores.”

Conor missed the Pilgrims’ visit to Plainmoor last season, serving a suspension after receiving a red card in the FA Cup tie with Stourbridge, and that has given hinm a real appetite for this year’s resumption.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it. There have been a lot of things in the paper about it. We lost two games against them last year so we definitely owe them one.

“When you are standing there at 3pm, there’s going to be a great atmosphere. They have got a new grandstand; there’s going to be a great following – it’s only just up the road – and everyone is looking forward to it.

“You don’t play the occasion – you have to play the game – but you are probably expecting that, for the first 20-25 minutes, it is going to be a bit helter-skelter.

“It’s going be a battle and you have to earn the right to play.

“Hopefully, when we get the ball down, we will get the better of them.”