REUBEN Reid should expect to receive a hero’s treatment around Plymouth after netting a hat-trick in their 3-1 win over Exeter City, according to John Sheridan.
Reid etched his name into Argyle folklore against the Grecians, by becoming the first Green to score three goals in a Devon Expressway Derby away from home, and only the third in any fixture between the two sides.
The forward has now contributed 17 goals towards the Pilgrims’ season so far, and whilst Sheridan will be hoping that a foot injury that forced Reid to leave the field after scoring his third goal is not serious, he knows that the striker’s status around Plymouth will be improved even more after his showing against the old enemy.
“He came off as though he was in a bit of pain,” said John. “I was about to take him off anyway. If he had got up, I probably still would have taken him off two or three minutes later.
“He will be a legend in Plymouth, scoring a hat-trick in the derby. If you do that, people will remember you. I thought he was a handful today.”
Whilst Sheridan did heap the praise on his athletic striker, he made sure to stress that the historic victory was down to a great team performance, including Reid’s ever-industrious strike partner Lewis Alessandra, who won the penalty that Reuben converted for his second goal.
“It was a team effort,” said John. “Reuben will take the plaudits but it was a very good team effort, and it’s great to get three points against a good footballing side.
“They are two good players for this league, and they are always a threat,” added John, on the Lewis/Reuben striking duo.
“I am always confident that if they get chances, they will score goals. As a partnership, they are close to being the best in this division.”