Rallying Round Reubs

PETER Hartley has backed team-mate Reuben Reid to bounce straight back from his penalty FA Cup heartache.

The Argyle number nine scooped a second-half spot-kick over the crossbar with the Pilgrims second-round tie at Sheffield United still goal-less.

United’s Jose Baxter then converted two penalties to put the home side in command of the tie, before substitute Marc McNulty rounded off a 3-0 win. 

“Reuben’s scored every penalty he’s taken this season, so you can’t hold anything against him,” said Peter. “If it goes in the top bin, everyone talks about what a wonderful penalty it was.

“Even during open play, I felt he had those two centre-halves on toast.  He did well. He looked physically stronger. He’s that type of player. It just didn’t fall for him. I’m sure he’ll get two next week and everyone will be talking about two great finishes.”

Peter also had praise for young defender Ben Purrington, who was making a comeback after six weeks absence because of a broken wrist.

“A couple of the boys congratulated him afterwards in the dressing-room, which he deserves,” said Peter. “I’ve seen Ben running for four-five weeks straight because he’s not been able to do anything with his wrist. 

“He deserved to be on the pitch and he’ll be buzzing. He’ll just want to keep his place in the team and really progress, because he’s a good player and a good pro.”