JOHN Sheridan is convinced that Reuben Reid’s second-half penalty miss in Argyle’s 2-0 Sky Bet League 2 defeat at Chesterfield was crucial to the destination of the points.Reuben saw his 64th-minute spot-kick well saved by Spireites’ goalkeeper Tommy Lee as Argyle sought to bounce back from conceding first-half strikes by Matty Brown and Marc Richards against the run of play.
Brown was sent off for fouling substitute Caolan Lavery to give away the penalty and John said: “It was a very big moment in the game.
“If we’d scored that, we are on the front foot and we get a bit of confidence in ourselves and believe we can get something out of the game. It would have been a totally different game.
“But we haven’t scored and, because we missed the penalty, we just went flat from that, giving silly balls away and we didn’t pass it as fluidly. We didn’t get Andres [Gurrieri] in the game, who was one of our best players in the first half, and we didn’t work [Chesterfield] hard enough to break them down.
“It shouldn’t happen. There were still 25 minutes to go, still plenty of time.
“I said to [the players]: ‘You have got to see pictures’ and I think they are lacking in communication sometimes when they should tell each other what to do a little bit more on the pitch.”