REUBEN Reid’s strike against Bury secured a vital 2-1 win for Argyle – but he was only on the pitch to score it thanks to a change of heart by the manager.With less than 15 minutes left in Saturday’s Sky Bet League 2 game, substitute Rommy Boco was set to replace Reid who, despite his best efforts, was having a frustrating afternoon.
John Sheridan also considered taking off Maxime Blanchard instead, but by the time he had made up his mind, Reuben had tucked in the winning goal.
Shez said: “We were going to take him off before he scored. Things just didn’t go his way today.”
“But he was in the right place, between the posts, and it’s a great ball from [Lewis] Alessandra to set him up.”
Straight after the goal, Sheridan did indeed take Reid off – to a standing ovation from the Home Park faithful – as he looked for more solidity in his formation.
“I was going to take a defender off, but then we grabbed the second goal, and decided to go to a solid 4-4-2,” said Sheridan.
“With a 2-1 lead, playing against ten men, you’d expect to see the game out, and I don’t think Bury really threatened us.”
The manager revealed that, post-match, Reid even looked to offer an apology to the boss for his performance, but Sheridan was quick to reassure Argyle’s top scorer.
John said: “He came in after the game and apologised to me, and I said: ‘What are you apologising for? You ended up getting the winning goal!’ ”