VIDEO: Plymouth Argyle are looking to kick on after their first win
CAPTAIN Conor Hourihane has admitted it was about time Plymouth Argyle put in a good performance.
Hourihane was reflecting on the 3-1 win away to Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road on Saturday.
The midfielder scored one of the goals as Argyle secured their first League Two triumph of the season at the third attempt.
It followed back-to-back defeats away to Southend United and at home to Fleetwood Town in which the Pilgrims did not get a goal.
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So the victory over Cheltenham, who had not lost a home league game since September 2012, came as a much-needed boost in confidence for them.
Hourihane told Herald Sport: "It was a massive relief and about time we put in a good performance.
"If we had gone three league games without having a good performance, people would have been getting more edgy and frustrated.
"That is the standard we are going to set now and, hopefully, we can take it on from here."
Argyle took a 3-0 lead before half-time against Cheltenham with goals from striker Marvin Morgan, Hourihane and midfielder Rommy Boco.
Cheltenham replied with a free-kick from Matt Richards in the 72nd minute but there were no more alarms for Argyle after that.
Hourihane said: "It was a really good, solid performance. It's fantastic when you go 3-0 up away from home in the first half.
"It makes your job a lot easier. I was disappointed with the goal we conceded. We wanted a clean sheet but you can't complain really about 3-1."
Morgan's goal was his first goal for Argyle since he signed as a free agent from Shrewsbury Town in the summer.
He and his strike partner Reuben Reid posed all sorts of problems for Cheltenham with their physical presence.
Hourihane said: "Marvin was a handful, and so was Reuben.
"I think there were a couple of us, myself included, who hadn't been up to scratch since the start of the season, especially in the two league games.
"So we were happy on Saturday that it all came together."
Hourihane scored with a perfectly-placed 20-yard shot into the bottom corner of the net to put the Pilgrims 2-0 up in the 26th minute.
It was his eighth goal in 93 games for Argyle since signing from Ipswich Town in July 2011.
Hourihane said: "I hit it clean. It was a good strike. I always say that as a midfielder you need to chip in with the goals.
"I like to get forward but the gaffer (John Sheridan) has me holding a little bit with Dom (Dominic Blizzard), which is fine.
"I get myself to the edge of the box and if anything comes out to me that's my opportunity to score goals, so I'm happy with that."
Boco's goal against Cheltenham, a fierce left-footed shot after a superb pass from Reid, was his first for Argyle.
He signed as a free agent from Accrington Stanley only a couple of weeks before the start of the season.
Hourihane said: "It was great for the two lads (Morgan and Boco) to get off the mark, especially Rommy.
"He didn't have a proper pre-season. He came in halfway through and you can see game by game he is getting better and better.
"He's definitely one who can chip in with goals, and Marvin is going to get you goals regardless. He's a good player for this league."
Argyle will try to build on their victory over Cheltenham when they play Rochdale at Home Park this weekend.
Rochdale have picked up four points from their first three games, including a 2-2 draw at home to Chesterfield on Saturday.
Hourihane said: "In the two years I have been here we have struggled to get back-to-back wins.
"After our first win away, to a tough Cheltenham team, we are looking to kick on now."