Lew-Reid Looking to Fire Again
LEWIS Alessandra is backing himself and strike partner Reuben Reid to start firing in the goals for Argyle once again.
For the first time this season Argyle have fired consecutive blanks in front of goal, drawing 0-0 at York and Southend in consecutive weeks, and Alessandra is keen to get back on the scoresheet when the Pilgrims play host to Luton Town this Saturday.
In fact, Argyle have only scored once in their last four games – when Lewi netted against Oxford on December 28 – and the forward, who has netted eight times this season, wants to spur his side into notching more often.
“It’s been a frustrating couple of games for us where we’ve not had the rub of the green,” said Lewi.
“It’s something that me and Reubs spoke about a few days ago.
“It’s about doing everything you can during the week to make yourself as best as you can be, and I think Reuben is a big testament for that in the way he looks after himself and the extra stuff he does to make himself as close to 100% as possible on Saturday.
“It’s good to have a familiar face [R.Reid] next to you every week, and look to try and create that partnership, and up until the last couple of game I felt it had been going well.
“We did some work on the training ground yesterday with a lot of finishing, and movement, but we will be looking to put it right in the two home games coming up now - especially with the way we’ve been scoring at home. Hopefully things can change."
With the January transfer window being a very busy time of year for players and management, there is always a threat that your starting position could become contested more with the influx of extra bodies.
Manager John Sheridan has spoken of his desire to add a fresh attacking option to his side – but in the same breath heralded Alessandra and Reid as two of the very best in Sky Bet League 2.
“If the gaffer brings someone in, it’s for the good of the team,” said Lewi. “He’s not going to bring someone in for the numbers.
“As a professional you have got to use it as a positive.
“It can spur you on that little bit to make you do better, to stop you slacking a bit, and it keeps people on their toes.
“In the lower leagues you have a lot less players, and you want to be playing with your best eleven every week.
“We know obviously the gaffer will be looking to strengthen, and neither of us will be surprised if it was a striker. It’s one of those things you look to do when you’re not scoring goals.
“We know that the gaffer could be bringing in someone tomorrow - that’s just football for you."