REUBEN Reid and Lewi Alessandra took their joint tally for the season to 23 goals in the Pilgrims’ 2-0 Sky Bet League 2 win at Northampton...
...but it was a forward with fewer goals and fewer appearances under his belt that caught the eye at blustery Sixfields.
Rommy Boco was called in as Reuben’s strike partner and played an important part in Argyle’s first win in Northampton for more than 60 years.
“He worked his socks off,” said manager John Sheridan.
“I just wanted to go a little bit more attack-minded and get someone closer to Reuben: I thought Rommy, with his work-rate and willingness, would push us further up the pitch.
Reuben took his individual goals total for the season to 14 with an opportunistic strike in the fifth minute that bamboozled off-form Cobblers’ goalkeeper Matt Duke.
“I’m pleased he scored and I’m pleased with the way he scored, as well,” said John. “It was just an instinctive goal. He has not hit it great, but he has reacted and anticipated, and it’s in the back of the net.
“They are the goals Reuben should be scoring more of. You have got to work hard and see things. He should have 20 [goals] and then everybody would be talking about him. That’s what I tell him.
“He should have had another couple today for me, but he has worked his socks off again.”
Lewi’s goal, six minutes before the interval, was his ninth of the campaign – although he and many others will tell you one of Argyle’s FA Cup five against Lincoln should also have been credited to him and not marked down as an own goal – and owed at least a little to the conditions, with the wind sweeping his cross past Duke.
John said: “Lewi has put it in a dangerous area – if you put it between the posts and no-one touches it, sometimes they go in the net, and that’s what has happened.”