Home Comforts

MARVIN Morgan believes Argyle’s home form will determine their fate this season.

Marvin, 31, made his first start of the season as Argyle brushed past Southend United 2-0 at Home Park with goals from Lewis Alessandra and Reuben Reid.

It means the Pilgrims are undefeated in four home games this season and sitting on the edge of the play-off zone, and Marvin sees possible comparisons with a previous Sky Bet League 2 promotion campaign with which he was involved.

“We have got a good enough squad,” he said, after the match. “I think the gaffer will add a few on loan but I think we have a good enough core.

“When I got promoted with Shrewsbury, our away from was relegation form but, at home, we were unbeaten. That’s what got us promotion. We knew we would lose at away but, at home, before the game, we had already won.

“Look where we are now. It’s a good start; we go away to Luton and if we could nick a result there, look where we could be.

We started real slow last season and I think it was hard to pick up and make the play-offs because we needed teams ahead of us to skip up. If we have a good start and we remain in that top ten, anything could happen.

“Today was a massive game. Southend are no mugs. They are going to be in the play-offs, regardless of them losing today.  It was a great result for us today.”

Argyle played most of the game against ten men after Cian Bolger was sent-off following a 15-minute battle with Marvin.
They struggled to unlock a resistant Southend until manager John Sheridan tweaked things at half-time.

“I think the change of formation helped,” said Marvin. “Ten men is a hard one. I’ve been with ten men when we’ve beaten teams and, at the opposite end, we’ve been battered 5-0.

“We were just patient. The gaffer helped by changing the formation so we were more attacking and they had to adapt to us more than we had to adapt to them.

“Once we got the first goal, it was the end of the story – game over.”