Getting Back On Form

ARGYLE’S players have plenty of incentives to do well in this weekend’s Dockyard Derby, aside from the three points on offer.

For a start, there is redemption sought after the defeat by Exeter seven days previously. Then there is the desire not to dry in front of probably the largest audience which they will perform to this season.

Pilgrims’ captain Conor Hourihane spoke for the team when he said: “We are little bit disappointed from last weekend’s derby, so we’re hoping to put it right this Saturday.

“It should be a good atmosphere. Portsmouth are a big club in this league, like ourselves, who bring a lot of away fans. That brings an added atmosphere and being on Sky brings an added little bit to it.

“Everyone knows the big brand of Sky Sports. League 2 doesn’t get a lot of games so, when we get picked, everyone looks forward to it. Obviously you are looking for a good result and a good performance so that your family and friends, who don’t get to many games, get to see you.

The early kick-off is another rare experience for the Argyle players and Conor said: “It’s fantastic when you win, because you get all Saturday to relax and enjoy yourself; it’s not if you lose.”

Conor is the only Pilgrim to have played every second of every match in every competition this season, but is raring to go again.

“It’s fine,” he said. “I’m young enough and well able enough to handle all the games.

“I hope that continues and I hope we get a win underneath our belts that gives everyone a boost, and go on from there.”