Striker well worth goal haul, insists Fletcher
FORWARD Warren Feeney scored two late penalties for Argyle as they came from behind to beat Morecambe.
Pilgrims' boss Carl Fletcher thought the 31-year-old had been rewarded for his hard work this season with those goals.
Feeney has regularly been used as a lone striker by Argyle, not only this term but in 2011/12.
That has not made it easy for the experienced Northern Ireland international to get chances, let alone score goals.
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Against Morecambe, however, Feeney was paired in attack with Guy Madjo as part of a 4-4-2 formation.
Fletcher told Herald Sport: "I'm delighted for Feeno he has got his two goals. He has worked his socks off since he has come back for pre-season.
"There have been a few games he has been up there on his own and he has done well."
Feeney has now netted three times this season, which equals the number of goals he got last term.
He was also on target with a header in Argyle's 3-2 home win against Northampton Town on September 1.
Fletcher was impressed with the composure of Feeney when taking the two penalties on Saturday.
He said: "It's not easy when you get two in quick succession. He was very calm.
"I'm delighted for Feeno. He's great around the club and great around the changing room.
"He deserved those two goals for all his hard work throughout the season."
Left-back Robbie Williams had scored from the penalty spot when Argyle drew 1-1 away to Burnley in the Capital One Cup last month.
But Feeney, who had been an unused substitute that night, was determined to take the responsibility against Morecambe.
Fletcher said: "Willo has taken one before, but Feeno wanted it. Straight away, as soon as we got the first penalty, he went up and got the ball.
"It was the same with the second one as well. It's great for a striker to score goals."
Argyle achieved their victory over Morecambe without Zimbabwe international Onismor Bhasera, who has arguably been their best player this season.
Bhasera travelled to Lancashire with the rest of the squad but was ruled out of the match by an injury.
In the absence of Bhasera, Argentine winger Andres Gurrieri made his first start since the 2-1 defeat at Oxford United on August 25.
Fletcher said: "Baz picked up a little niggle (in training) on Thursday. He travelled up to see how he was, but it was no good.
"We maybe could have played him, but it could have got worse and then it would have been two or three weeks rather than a few more days."
Bhasera hopes to be fit for the visit of Paul Sturrock's Southend United to Home Park this Saturday.