25th August 2013
WITH a goal apiece in the last two Pilgrims’ games, Marvin Morgan and Reuben Reid are beginning to look like the strike pairing that the Green Army expects them to be.Not just the Green Army. Manager John Sheridan is pleased that the two front men are getting the job done, for themselves and for the team.
A week after Marvin headed the opener in the 3-1 win at Cheltenham, Reuben netted the only goal of the game – from the penalty spot – in the subsequent 1-0 home win over Rochdale, and John said: “I’m not into all this ‘strikers do all the work outside the box and down the channels’
“Strikers get judged on goals: Reuben’s got one, Marvin scored last week, hopefully it’ll continue and [there will be] different scorers and [we] just carry on winning games.
“Marvin kept going until the end – I know he’ll do that. That’s what he gives you. But I said to him ‘I’d rather you be in the box and think goals’.
“He worked his socks off and I think he’s just a better player when he’s playing higher up the pitch; playing against defenders; and playing to his strengths. Likewise with Reuben.
“They both can cause defenders problems when they play up against them. And, in the first half, and like we saw at Cheltenham, they can be a right handful. They got us going; they affected the game; and they could have scored more goals.
“Reuben could have slipped Marvin in as well in good areas; Conor [Hourihane]’s shot hit the bar, which would have made a world of difference; and Rommy [Boco] had a great chance to just pick someone out.”
After half-time, the game changed, with the Pilgrims regressing and Dale dominating.
“I’ve told the lads that I’m not happy with the second-half performance, but it’s two wins,” said John.
“It’s a good reaction from two early defeats in the league. Sometimes you sacrifice the performance and get the points.”