JOHN Sheridan has applauded his side’s confident display in their comfortable 3-0 victory against Dagenham & Redbridge.The Greens notched up their third 3-0 home win of the season, following up successes over Exeter City and Portsmouth with a classy showing against the Daggers.
The fixture was effectively put to bed with two goals either side of half time; the first coming four minutes from the break, as Bobby Reid played an exceptional pass to Lewis Alessandra in the left wing, who cleverly squared the ball across the box for Reuben Reid to tap home.
“I would not like to pick one (goal) really, but the first one -the ball from Bobby - is unbelievable,” said Sheridan. "Lewi has done unbelievably well with his left foot with a brilliant ball. Reuben’s movement is really good.”
Reuben, wearing the captain’s armband in place of both Curtis Nelson and Peter Hartley, turned provider in the 50th minute, getting in behind the Dagenham defence and committing goalkeeper Mark Cousins, before laying the ball off to a wide open Bobby Reid to tap into an empty net.
“The awareness from Bobby and Reuben for the second goal - strikers usually shoot, but he has seen Bobby in a better position,” beamed the manager.
Reuben would eventually get his second of the game – and thirteenth of the season – by converting a penalty earned by Alessandra after 78 minutes. The three-goal cushion meant Argyle could safely see the game out, without any of the scares that had threatened to blight the win at Northampton seven days previous.
The win further solidifies the Pilgrims’ 5th place slot in the Sky Bet League 2 table, and maintains their push towards the promotion places. Sheridan stated that the most pleasing factor of his side’s eleventh win of the season was the performances of those replacing injury-stricken teammates.
“Other than just one or two scary little moments I thought we were top-drawer today," said John. "Some of our play was outstanding, and the goals were all really quality goals.
"I am pleased that some of the players that came in today performed really well.
“Ollie Norburn was excellent. Young Rodders - Aaron Bentley - has come in today. I thought Lee Cox was outstanding, and Carl McHugh has come in today for his first game in a while. That is what pleased me the most.
“If anyone was watching us, I think they would say we look a really good team, on today’s performance.
“You could see the confidence in the team, especially at home at the moment. The ball is just travelling with a purpose, we are taking care of it, and we are causing teams a lot of problems."