The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Nick Lough­lin

PLY­MOUTH boss John Sheri­dan toasted Marvin Mor­gan’s dis­play at the end of a week to re­mem­ber. The Ply­mouth Ar­gyle striker be­came a fa­ther for the first time last week, when baby Miles ar­rived on Tues­day.

And he capped off pro­ceed­ings by scor­ing the open­ing goal in his side’s win over Hartle­pool.

“I’m pleased for Marvin, I’m pleased for both scor­ers. I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery player, the hard­est thing for me is pick­ing a team and leav­ing play­ers out,’’ said Sheri­dan.

“He will re­mem­ber this week, a big thing for him and it’s about get­ting his head down and con­cen­trat­ing. He’s only trained one day this week. I’m so pleased for him and this should give him the con­fi­dence to push on.

“It’s a big, big thing for him. It’s some­thing he will cher­ish and he can al­ways say he scored when his baby was born.

“Win­ning was the most im­por­tant thing after los­ing at home last time. Start­ing well was key and we did that with a good goal.

“The game was there to push on, get a sec­ond goal to make it a bit eas­ier. In­stead we did one or two silly things to en­able them to have some op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I was happy sec­ond half, but it was im­por­tant to win, stay in the pack after what hap­pened last week.’’

After a shaky de­fen­sive open­ing in which they twice had to throw bod­ies in front of the ball to keep it away from goal, Pools con­ceded.

A long ball found Mor­gan and he turned right-back Jor­dan Richards and fired low across goal­keeper Scott Flin­ders.

Bradley Walker fired a short cor­ner over the bar, and Ryan Brobbel shot wide as Pools re­sponded in a pos­i­tive man­ner.

Reuben Reid headed wide from six yards when he should have put the Pil­grims two-up, be­fore Pools were de­nied a lev­eller right on half-time.

Mar­lon Hare­wood fed Jonathan Franks and, from close range, goal­keeper Luke McCormick smoth­ered the chance.

Franks twice then picked out the wrong op­tion when he had the chance to cre­ate a rou­tine fin­ish for his strike part­ner Hare­wood and Jack Comp­ton teed up Tommy Miller to shoot over the bar.

Pools were look­ing good for at least a point, as they con­trolled long spells of play.

But they were caught out by a swift coun­ter­at­tack, as Sheri­dan’s side fin­ished the game off on 76 min­utes.

Do­minic Bliz­zard’s long pass caught the Pools de­fence push­ing up, try­ing to catch Nathan Thomas off­side, but the mid­fielder broke away and curled his fin­ish past Scott Flin­ders. It was Pools’ third de­feat in a week and only Carlisle sit be­low them in the ta­ble.

“We did enough to get some­thing from the game,’’ said boss Colin Cooper. “And I’ve just said in the dress­ing room that if there wasn’t any goals in the game then we ac­tu­ally hadn’t played that badly.

“We had plenty of the ball, but didn’t do enough with it. With chances when they come your way you have to score. It wasn’t for the want of try­ing, but when you are one on one with the goal­keeper that chance has to end up the back off the net.”

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th Ply­mou NEW BOY: Marvin Mor­gan cel­e­brates the open­ing goal in the week he be­came a fa­ther

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