REUBEN Reid has scored eight goals this season – including the equaliser in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Torquay – but manager John Sheridan has missed half of them.Four of Reuben’s strikes have come from the penalty spot, with the fourth of them at Plainmoor earning a point by cancelling out Elliot Benyon’s opener three minutes after the Gulls went ahead in the sixth minute.
“I don’t watch penalties,” said John. “I never watch them. I tie my laces, have my head down, and wait for the cheer, hopefully.”
The spot-kick was awarded for handball after Torquay’s two-man defensive wall jumped into Luke Young’s free-kick,
“We got the break with the penalty,” said John. “I think it was a penalty – he has handballed it. Luckily for us, it goes our way and it gave us a lifeline. It got us back into the game early on after they got off to a good start.”
With Reuben now finding the back of the net, John is hopeful that his scoring form can help lift the Pilgrims up the table of a league which he regards as containing teams with little between them.
He said: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I think everyone is on an even keel. It’s just having someone who is going to put the ball in the back of the net.
“You might not be the best team and you might not play well all the time, but, if you have got someone who is putting the ball in the back of the net, it gives you that lifeline, a breathing space, a bit of belief.
“It’s a funny league. It’s all about consistency. I’ve looked at the results and I don’t think we’ve lost anything and I don’t think we’ve gained anything tonight.
“We have got a big game now on Saturday. If we can win against Burton at home, this will be a very big point. So we have got to win. It’ll be a tough game – they are going really well – but we’re at home and we should go into it with confidence.
“If we’re eight unbeaten, we’re doing something right.”