THERE were plenty of firsts for Argyle in the superb 3-1 victory at Cheltenham Town on Saturday.It was the first points earned; the first league goals; the first victory in all competitions; and the first Saturday evening for a long time that everyone with Green and White affiliation could look at the afternoon’s scores and smile with deep satisfaction. We have missed that feeling.
It was also the first time Rommy Boco has got on the Plymouth Argyle scoresheet. The summer recruit from Accrington Stanley has come to Argyle with a strong reputation, and his performance at Whaddon Road seemed to validate those words.
It was his smart cross that directly led to Argyle’s opening goal, scored by Marvin Morgan, and after a sumptuous through ball by Reuben Reid, Rommy coolly tucked home the Pilgrims’ third to put the final shine on a breath-taking first half.
The game, he says, was the first time since becoming a Pilgrim that Rommy has felt satisfied with his own performance. He is, obviously, even more delighted with the result.
“It’s a great feeling,” he said. “It’s a boost to our confidence, because after three games and three lost, it’s a bit hard. We needed that. Hopefully we’ll keep on like that.
“It’s a good boost for the team. The gaffer had us working on what we’ve been doing wrong for the last three games, and it worked today.
“When I came here, I am not only looking at my goal figure. I’m a team player and although my target is to score a few goals, I’d prefer to win a game without scoring. I’m not a striker who is under pressure to score, but it’s always a pleasure to score.
“I’ve been disappointed with my start of the season. I hadn’t played well. This was the first game I’ve been back to my level. I still need to improve compared to last year. I think the manager signed me this year and trusts me because of what he saw last year.”
The ball through to Boco from Reid was a corker. After great work from Marvin Morgan and Lewis Alessandra, Reuben gathered, advanced, and picked out Rommy’s run with precision.
Argyle have a group of players that contains several men with experience and knowledge of Sky Bet League 2, including Boco, and manager John Sheridan will be surely hoping that their combined know-how can propel his side up the table.
“Reuben had a great game,” said Rommy. “He controlled the ball nicely and always gives other players chances to score. That’s a good thing, and although he hasn’t scored himself, he is good for the team and is working hard. Like me, he’s a team worker.
“It’s only one game, so there is nothing to talk about. After ten games, we can see where we are. I’m sure there is potential for us – we are a good group of lads.
“I’m very happy to come down to Plymouth. I’ve been welcomed by everyone, and it’s a good place to live. I think, with the experienced players we’ve got, we’re going to be ok.”