Marv's Missions

ARGYLE striker Marvin Morgan returned to training this week following the birth of his son with two objectives for the season.

The first was to establish himself in the starting 11; the other to transform Home Park “into a fortress”.

Marvin was absent from the Pilgrims’ home midweek Sky Bet League 2 defeat by Wycombe but is eager to be involved when Hartlepool United visit Home Park on Saturday following a stop-start Argyle career since joining in the summer of 2013.

“Tuesday was a disappointing result, but I want to get back into the team,” he said. “I don’t know what the gaffer is going to do but I’ve got to be patient. If he changes the team, hopefully I can get back into it.

“It’s just been a nightmare for me since I’ve been here. I just want to play now and that’s why I came to Plymouth – to play football and make an impression. I don’t think I’ve done that so far and – I’ll be honest – I do need to start”.

Marvin, who previously played for Shrewsbury Town, has reiterated the need for Argyle to start winning their home fixtures if they are to be in contention for the coveted promotion spots at the end of the season.

He said: “I know we lost on Tuesday but our home games are so crucial, I really do believe that. When we got promoted at Shrewsbury, we had relegation away form but we had promotion home form.  If you’re not going to be good away, we have to win all our home games and make up our points. I’ve said this in the dressing-room to the lads.

“I’ve been promoted once, and I’ve been in the semi-finals with Aldershot and even though we didn’t have the best away record, we had a home form that will match anyone. You have to make Plymouth and Home Park a fortress if we’ve going to even think of getting promoted.”

At 31, Marvin is aware that he is one of the more seasoned players in the Argyle squad, though he is determined to utilise his additional years of Football League experience to benefit the younger members of the team.

“We’re a young team and that’s tough for the gaffer,” he said. “I’m 31, even though I don’t feel like it. I can deal with the Twitter stuff and the people that don’t like me as a player. You have to be mentally strong and try and get that through to the younger lads.

“If we’re serious about promotion, we have to beat the Hartlepools and the Wycombes and I’m hoping the fans will get behind us – they’re key. As long as our fans stay on our side, I think we’ll be fine. It’s about making Plymouth and Home Park a fortress.”