Sturrock wants fortress Home Park

14 August 2009 11:06
Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock has said Saturday's Championship home game against QPR could set the tone for the whole season.Last year, the Pilgrims had the worst home record in the league and ended up just one place above relegation.

"It's important we get on the front foot and we want a good result in the QPR game," Sturrock told BBC Devon.

"If we can even have a mediocre season at home, it'll take us several places up the league."

Plymouth lost 11 games at home last season as they finished just one place and five points above the relegation zone.

"We don't want that to happen again because it means that we'll be fighting relegation," Sturrock added.

emp_load.getEmpEmbeddedParams("emp_8200560");QPR beat Exeter City 5-0 in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, with former Crystal Palace winger Wayne Routledge hitting a hat-trick.

And despite the obvious attacking prowess of Saturday's visitors, Sturrock is confident his side have the quality to keep QPR's danger men at bay.

Sturrock said: "We stopped him [Routledge] at the end of last season and he was ordinary on that day because Gary Sawyer had a very good game against him.

Come on you Greens - it should be a great match on Saturday ArgyleinAfrica "I'd like to think that what we'll be doing will be a negative for Routledge and he'll be having to do a lot of running back down the park rather than the other way."

New Argyle loanee Cillian Sheridan, could make his first start for the Pilgrims on Saturday if he passes a fitness test on Friday.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international striker has signed on a six-month deal from Celtic.

Source: BBC_Sport