AS all golfers know, it is not how, it is how many, and John Sheridan’s first game as Argyle manager realised the maximum three points.They were set on their way to a 2-1 victory over Morecambe – which completed a league double over the Shrimps – by captain Conor Hourihane.
His tenth-minute strike came from his weaker right foot and, as such, shocked even the scorer.
“When I looked up, I thought ‘This is going in’ - I was a bit surprised myself,” he told Argyle Player. “It was a great start. It got us going a bit.
“I’m delighted with the goal – delighted with the win, first and foremost: it’s nice to get the winning feeling back.”
The second goal came from Paris Cowan-Hall six minutes later after being set up by Conor’s fellow Irish Under-21 international Ronan Murray, who was making his Argyle debut on loan from Ipswich.
“I’ve known him since I was about 14,” said Conor. “He’s a good lad who will get on with the lads well, and a good little player who will score you goals if he gets a chance. He put a good shift in.”
After the storming start, the Pilgrims had to be disciplined and patient in defence, and endured a nervous final ten minutes after Morecambe substitute Ryan Williams pulled a goal back.
Conor said: “I know we probably didn’t play too well, especially in the second half, but we won, and that’s the main thing.
“We grinded it out. I think we probably sat back a little too much but, the position we’re in, we’ll do anything to win.
“Fair play to the lads, we dug in, stuck together, and saw it out.”
After a cracking start, Conor is hoping that the appointment of the new manager – like him, an Irish international central midfielder – can continue to benefit his game.
“Hopefully, he’ll show me a thing or two,” he said. “He’s been great and he got off to a good start. I’m sure we’ll keep going.
“He was always shouting over from the side of the pitch and, at half-time, he was telling me one or two things.
“Every manager’s different and you learn something off every manager, I’m sure I’ll learn something off him.”