Hourihane and Feeney hail victory to savour
Conor Hourihane is pleased to have struck up an immediate rapport with Plymouth Argyle's new recruit, Ross Jenkins.
Hourihane thought the pair "just clicked" when they played in the centre of midfield for the Pilgrims in their thrilling 3-2 npower League Two win away to Morecambe last Saturday.
Jenkins made his debut after signing on a one-month loan from Championship club Watford last Friday. The 21-year-old marked the occasion by scoring a stunning goal which sparked a tremendous fightback from Argyle.
They were trailing 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Jenkins crashed a first-time 20-yard shot high into the net. It provided the momentum for the Pilgrims to go on and clinch their second League win of the season, courtesy of two late penalties from striker Warren Feeney.
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Jenkins slotted into the starting line-up at the expense of 19-year-old Luke Young, with Jamie Lowry and Paul Wotton kept on the sidelines by ankle and groin injuries respectively.
Morecambe took a 2-0 lead, against the run of play, with a penalty in the 51st minute, but Jenkins' spectacular strike – only the third goal of his senior career – proved to be pivotal. Hourihane said: "We battered them in the second half, and I knew as soon as we got the first goal we would win it. It was just about getting that first goal, and then it was away from there.
"It was a great finish by Jenks [Jenkins]. I enjoyed playing with him in the middle of the park. We both like getting on the ball, so it suited me. He trained with us when we did shape on Friday and he looked well.
"When I saw he had made 80 appearances in the Championship for Watford, I thought he must have a bit about him, and he showed [at Morecambe] he's a good player."
"We just clicked, really," Hourihane added. "We kept passing to each other and it worked well. Now I'm looking forward to next Saturday [when Argyle take on Paul Sturrock's Southend United at Home Park]."
Like Hourihane, Feeney enjoyed his day's work on the Lancashire coast. The Northern Ireland international striker tripled his tally of goals for the season with his two successful spot-kick conversions inside the last ten minutes of the game at the Globe Arena.
Feeney felt that the victory over Morecambe was fully deserved. He said: "We could have scored a couple of times at the start of the second half before they went 2-0 up.
"They caught us with a sucker punch and got a penalty, but I still thought we were in the game and we got our just rewards. If we had come away with a point, even, we would have been disappointed, because I think we dominated from start to finish.
"At the end of the day, we got the three points and that's the most important thing," added Argyle's match-winner. "I think it shows you the character and the desire we have in the squad. Hopefully, this will give us a wee bit of confidence and we can carry it on for the rest of the season now."
Fellow scorer Jenkins also impressed Feeney, who added: "Jenks only had his first day of training with us on Friday but I thought he played very well.
"He's only 21 but he has played 80 games in the Championship, so that says a lot about the boy. I thought he and Conor were very composed. They wanted to get on the ball and do the right things, and it was a great finish from him."
Understandably, Feeney was pleased with his strikes from the spot – especially as he was being teased by Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche before his second attempt.
Feeney said: "Their 'keeper was saying to me: 'Have you got the bottle to do it again?'
"You get some players who will mouth back, or some will go up after scoring. But, at the end of the day, I did my talking by putting the ball in the net.
"After scoring the first one, it was all about composure. I took my time, and it was nice to see it go in."