REUBEN Reid's hat-trick in Argyle's comfortable 5-0 defeat of Lincoln City came as no surprise to his manager.John Sheridan has showed unerring faith in his centre-forward throughout his time at Home Park, and frankly many of Reid's performances have simply missing some goals.
This all changed in the first half against the Imps. Three goals, one from the penalty, set Argyle on the road to the second round.
Of his forward's treble, John said: "It's good for Reuben. He's a striker, and strikers are there to score goals, no matter who they're against.
"Hopefully it'll give him a lift. I thought he played really well, especially in the first half. I thought he was a threat, bullying people, and that's what he's all about: Play high up the pitch, be a threat and give defenders a hard time. I thought we took care of the ball, with everyone playing two or three touches and moving the ball quickly, we looked a good team. I'm pleased he got a hat-trick, and hopefully he'll carry it on into the league programme."
Despite Reid's three-goal display, Andres Gurrieri picked up the Man of the Match award, showing a classy touch and great vision throughout the game. Sheridan was pleased by the performance of a player who's had to watch from the sidelines for spells this season - something the manager hopes to see from all of his fringe players.
"I thought (Andres) played really well, along with a few others, so it gives me food for thought,” said John, “I've got a good squad, and when you're leaving players out, even putting them on the bench, it's a hard thing to do, but I'll need a good squad over the Christmas period, and I want them all ready for when they're thrown in to give a good performance."
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