Best of Both

ARGYLE vice-captain Peter Hartley was unequivocal in his tributes to all his team-mates...

...but especially Reuben Reid and Luke McCormick, as the Pilgrims maintained their three-point lead at the top of Sky Bet League 2.

Striker Reuben scored a spectacular sixth goal of the campaign midway through the second half to secure a 1-0 victory over an Accrington side whose attempts to get something from the top-of-the-table clash were thwarted by a handful of fine saves by goalkeeper Luke, not to mention the Home Park woodwork, which they hit twice.

“We’ve got the best goalkeeper in the league and the best striker in the league and we needed both of them today,” said Peter. “As a team, we looked a jaded today; we weren’t fresh; we were off the pace. It was one of those games.

“Reuben’s won us the game, so has Luke, but the togetherness to grind a result out when we got the goal, as a team, spoke volumes for the group of lads we’ve got in the dressing-room.”

Reuben, 27, fired home a 20-yard volley to give the Pilgrims their ninth league win from 13 matches this season, six days after netting both in a 2-0 win at Notts County and starring in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie when Exeter came to Home Park.

Peter said: “It was unbelievable. He does it in training. You see how good he was last week; you see how good he was against Exeter. It’s Reuben – when he turns it on, he’s special and you can’t live with him, any defender, from Championship downwards. He’s different class.

“Luke was on a different level. I don’t know what he had for pre-match but he was an animal today.  He’s so humble as a person, as well. He’s got a great attitude; he’s a great guy; and a great professional. He’s different gravy.

“Their manager will probably say that how they never scored, he’ll never know, but they never scored because we’ve got the best ’keeper in the league and we scored because we’ve got the best striker in the league.”