Cowan-Hall wants to be match-winner in every game for Argyle
Paris Cowan-Hall is setting high standards for himself, and Plymouth Argyle, for the rest of the season.
Cowan-Hall, a summer signing from Woking, is the Pilgrims' top scorer this season with five goals in all competitions. The most recent of those came in John Sheridan's first match as Argyle manager, the 2-1 npower League Two victory over Morecambe at Home Park on January 12.
The relegation-threatened Pilgrims have not played since then, and Cowan-Hall hopes they can build on that win when they take on Accrington Stanley at Home Park today.
He said: "I was pleased to get a goal against Morecambe, but I want to perform and score and get the man-of-the-match in every game. It's good to score goals and it's even better to win matches. I'm hoping we can keep doing that. We need to."
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Cowan-Hall revealed Sheridan had made his presence felt on the training ground since he was appointed as manager earlier this month. "He knows what he wants," said the 22-year-old former Portsmouth attacker.
"He knows where he wants us to be and how he wants us to play. He's not going to take any nonsense but he's fair. The first impressions have been good."
Cowan-Hall was given the chance to return to the Football League by Sheridan's predecessor, Carl Fletcher, who signed him on a two-year contract last summer. He said: "I felt like I learned quite a lot under Fletch. For me, he was a good manager so I was sad to see him go. That's how football is. Things happen in the game, not only just to managers but to players as well.
"It's a cut-throat business, I'm afraid. It doesn't matter how you play, if you are not getting the results the chairman and the fans expect then there is going to be changes made somewhere."
Argyle have 18 games to play this season, starting against Accrington, to get themselves out of relegation trouble.
Cowan-Hall said: "We need wins. We have had a lot of draws this season and I would say a lot of them should have been wins. We definitely all need to work together, the fans included, to try to get as many points as we can out of the next 18 games."
Argyle played away to Accrington on December 22 and drew 1-1 after substitute Warren Feeney had a late penalty saved. The spot-kick was awarded after Cowan-Hall, who had also come off the bench, was fouled.
Cowan-Hall said: "I don't think we played as well as we could have.
"It was a tight game and I was glad when I came on I did well. I was in the side for the next game [the 1-1 draw at home to Torquay United on Boxing Day] anyway. I was surprised when I saw we had Accrington again so soon. I don't even know why it's like that, but it is what it is. It's another game for us."
Cowan-Hall admitted he was raring to return to action after a two-week break caused by the postponement of Argyle's away game against Southend United last Saturday. He said: "I mentioned to Jamie Lowry in training that it felt like a while since we had played.
"We have been training to keep sharp so we haven't got any excuses. The weather hasn't been ideal but we have had to get on with it and do the best we can."