Plymouth Argyle striker Ronan Murray wants more goals
STRIKER Ronan Murray hopes there are more goals to come after getting his first one for Plymouth Argyle in their 2-1 victory over Barnet at Home Park on Saturday.
The loan signing from Ipswich Town scored what turned out to be the matchwinner in the 48th minute as the Pilgrims came from behind to beat their relegation rivals.
In doing so, Argyle moved off the bottom of the table in League Two, overtaking AFC Wimbledon on goal difference.
The Pilgrims also closed the gap on Barnet, in 21st position, to only one point.
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Barnet had taken the lead in the 21st minute, but Argyle captain Conor Hourihane equalised before half-time and then Murray struck his telling blow soon after the interval.
Murray told Herald Sport: “We are down there fighting for our lives and this was a big game.
“We have got a tough run coming up in the next four or five weeks and we needed to get them (Barnet) back near us.
“We knew the importance of the game and, luckily enough, we came out with the win.”
Murray, 21, made his fifth start, and seventh appearance overall, for the Pilgrims when they took on Barnet, who had arrived at Home Park unbeaten in four matches.
He said: “We played well in the first half. Probably the best I have seen us play since I have been here.
“They caught us on the break but, luckily enough, Con got us back on track before half-time and we nicked it in the end.”
Hourihane’s goal was a 20-yard shot which whistled past former Argyle keeper Graham Stack.
“He doesn’t come up with them very often – not even in training,” said Murray, with a smile, about his Irish compatriot.
Murray played as part of an attacking trio in a new 4-3-3 formation implemented for the match by Argyle manager John Sheridan.
His decisive goal came after a miscued shot from Andres Gurrieri broke to him and he did the rest, slotting low into the net from six yards out.
Hourihane played his part in the build-up, making a strong run from midfield before picking out left-back Onismor Bhasera with a pass.
Bhasera cut the ball into the penalty area and striker Reuben Reid had a shot blocked.
The ball rebounded to Gurrieri and he could not hit the target, but Murray made no mistake with what could be a crucial goal in Argyle’s fight for Football League survival.
Murray said: “It just fell to me. Andy had a shot and it kind of shanked off his ankle.
“I have just taken a touch and whacked it. Luckily enough, it has gone in. Hopefully, there are more to come.”
Murray, who was signed on loan from Ipswich in January, had been out of the team until he was recalled for the 1-1 draw away to Wimbledon last Tuesday.
He said: “The gaffer (Sheridan) has to make changes where he sees fit. I played on the wing against Wimbledon and I thought I did alright.
“He played me out there and again on Saturday and I think we liked the 4-3-3 formation.
“It’s a bit more fluid and suits our players. It was good to get the win,” added Murray, who believes Argyle will finish the season outside the League Two drop zone.
He said: “I have always been confident we can get out of the mess we are in.
“I think we have got the right bunch of lads here who will dig in for the team and for the fans. This club definitely shouldn’t be down there.”