30th November 2014
BOBBY Reid’s return to Home Park proved to be a bitter-sweet affair......as his first Argyle goal and a man-of-the-match performance was partially eclipsed by York City’s late, late show.
Bobby, 21, marked the first game of his second spell on loan from Bristol City by giving the Pilgrims a third-minute lead in their home Sky Bet League 2 encounter against the Minstermen.
Despite Argyle playing some of their best football of the season, they were unable to build on the fine start and ultimately paid the penalty when City forward Jake Hyde squeezed home an equaliser in the fourth minute of time added on by referee Tim Robinson.
“We played very well and we should have taken our chances, but that’s how it goes,” said the midfielder. “It’s not a loss – it’s another point on the board and we have to see it as a positive, rather than a negative; think of all the good things we have done in the game, rather than the last minute.
“I don’t think Luke [McCormick] had a big save to make, so it shows how good we defended, but the last minute was a bit of lapse when they scored. We have got to go again and keep the spirits high; we have got to look at the positives. We played very well. We have got to learn from it and not let it happen again.
“We should have taken our chances. We have got to really get our heads down and keep on going, and put those chances away. On another day, they’ll go in. We have just got to keep on going and keep on believing.
“We’re all together as a team – we know what each other is going to do – and we are a close group.”
One of the many chances that went begging fell to Bobby, who intercepted a stray York pass before being thwarted by an old team-mate.
He said: “Thinking now, I could have hit it near post. Alex Cisak is a decent ’keeper – I was with him at Oldham – and it was a decent save, but I really should have put it away, if I’m honest.
“If we’d got the second goal, I think we would have gone on to get three or four.”
Bobby’s second loan at Home Park this season takes him up to January 3 – and the possibility of the opportunity of revenge against York – with Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill keeping an eye on his progress as a Pilgrim.
“He wants me to get games and, at the moment, I can’t get in the team, if I’m being honest,” said Bobby. “So I have got to keep on playing well and see, when I go back, what happens. There may be a time when I have to go back there and play, so I have got to keep myself fit, keep myself sharp.
“It’s all familiar to me. I’m enjoying it and I just want to keep on going. I want to keep playing games and I want to help us win every game every week. It’s good to play again and hopefully I can keep showing good performances.
“The games are coming up thick and fast and we want to get as many points as early as we can and keep grinding through.”