Thanks... Fans, City, Herald

ARGYLE skipper Conor Hourihane paid fulsome tribute to the Green Army the Pilgrims’ vital 2-1 victory over Barnet.

A staggering 8,210 turned up at Home Park after the club, handsomely backed throughout the week by the Herald newspaper, offered a trio of special Big For Barnet ticket deals to attract supporters.

The Family For All Zone, to which children with a copy of the Herald were admitted free, was especially noticeably full.

Conor, who scored Argyle’s opening goal after the Pilgrims had first conceded a shock goal, said: “A lot of people around the club did a lot of work to bring people in and, hopefully, they will all come back for the next home game, and keep inspiring us.

“I’m delighted for the fans, especially, because – let’s be honest – a lot of them have been getting on our back lately, so it’s nice we got a couple of thousand extra and showed them a bit more spirit and a bit more fight.

“It’s up to us to get them on our side. Last time against Oxford, we probably deserved them against us; today, they were with us.

“I’ve heard about some people who were coming for the first time: they saw some goals; a nice performance; some nice football.”

His praise was echoed by his countryman Ronan Murray, who netted the game’s 49th-minute winner.

“The atmosphere was brilliant,” said Ronan, who joined the Pilgrims on loan from Ipswich in January, “and we gave them some more to shout about.

“I can’t fault them. Since I have been here, they have been excellent.”