Warren Feeney says Plymouth Argyle victory was 'for the fans'
STRIKER Warren Feeney fired Plymouth Argyle to a thrilling victory over Morecambe on Saturday and then declared: "That was for the fans."
Feeney netted from the penalty spot in the 80th and 87th minutes as the Pilgrims completed a remarkable comeback to claim a 3-2 victory at the Globe Arena.
They had trailed 2-0 before a stunning goal from new loan recruit Ross Jenkins in the 72nd minute sparked a remarkable comeback.
Argyle's second win in League Two this season, and their first on the road, moved them up to 16th position.
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Feeney's first penalty came after a handball offence by Morecambe midfielder Izak Reid.
Then, despite the taunts of Shrimps' goalkeeper Barry Roche, Feeney slotted home another one after a foul on substitute Paris Cowan-Hall.
More than 350 Argyle supporters made the trip to Morecambe and they celebrated wildly at the final whistle.
Feeney told Herald Sport: "The fans are phenomenal. They travel such long distances and, hopefully, games like this make it worthwhile.
"Even at 2-0 down they were still singing. I see Morecambe had a banner about the 12th man, but I think our supporters are the 12th, 13th and 14th men.
"That was for them today. It was a good performance from the boys and we can all go home happy."
Feeney's second spot kick came after Cowan-Hall had been tripped by defender Andy Parrish.
"It was a blatant penalty," said Feeney. "That's what Paris is all about. If you feed him the ball he will cause problems in the box because he's that quick."
Argyle's experienced striker revealed Roche had tried playing mind games before his second spot kick.
Feeney said: "Their 'keeper, big Rochey, was saying to me, 'Have you got the bottle to do it again?' but I don't buy into that. I just worry about myself.
"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."
Morecambe had opened the scoring in only the fourth minute after Argyle captain and centre-back Darren Purse was dispossessed and striker Jack Redshaw slotted home from a tight angle.
The Shrimps, searching for their first home win of the season, extended their lead with a penalty from substitute Richard Brodie in the 51st minute.
But Argyle, who dominated possession for long periods, stuck to their passing approach and it paid off in the end.
Jenkins, who signed for the Pilgrims on a one-month loan from Watford on Friday, made an impressive debut.
The 21-year-old midfielder capped it with his stunning goal, which gave Argyle the momentum to go on and clinch victory.
Feeney 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 penalty hero.
"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."
Jenkins was preferred to Luke Young as the central midfielder partner for Conor Hourihane.
Feeney said: "Jenks only had his first day of training with us yesterday (on Friday) but I thought he played very well.
"He's only 21 but 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 for his goal."