ARGYLE match-winner Reuben Reid played through the pain barrier to head the Pilgrims to a 1-0 Sky Bet League 2 victory over Shrewsbury.The Greens’ number nine was recalled to face the Shrews after missing the previous week’s defeat at Accrington, and obliged with the 33rd-minute winner from namesake Bobby’s cross.
Afterwards, Argyle vice-captain Peter Hartley, who was himself back in the starting line-up after missing the Accrington game through injury, paid tribute to his team-mate’s selflessness.
“You know what you get with Reuben,” said Peter. “He’s a very, very strong centre-forward at this level, and probably higher levels. He is still carrying a little knock but he wanted to be there for the boys and he got his rewards with a good goal.
“So – credit to Reuben – he’s been different class and he’s really playing through pain at the minute. It shows how much he wants to be there for the boys and how much we want him there for us. He still offered us a lot today.”
Peter also enjoyed playing, for the first time, in the same team as on-loan Bristol City midfielder Bobby, who is with Argyle for a month.
“You can see he’s got the quality to play at a good level,” said Peter, “and to play games at Plymouth is only going to benefit his career. It looks like he’s taken [the chance] with both hands and is really enjoying his football, which is only going to be a plus for Plymouth Argyle.
“We’ve got a great group of lads and we make everyone feel welcome and he’s a good lad, as well, so that’s half the battle. He’s a cracking player and I think the fans have only seen glimpses of what he’s got to offer. He’s going to be a real asset to us for the time he’s here.”