WITH Reuben Reid scoring and returning to an Argyle squad full of attacking options, Peter Hartley believes sharing the goal-scoring load this season will be key to continuing their early success.
The Greens’ top scorer for the past two campaigns returned to action in their 2-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers and made an impact after just four minutes, tapping in after Hartley got his head on a Graham Carey corner.
“I just said to him ‘was my header going in? Could you have left it?’” said Peter, “and he said ‘no, it was going wide, so I had to tap it in!’”
“Credit to Reubs: I thought he outmuscled both of their centre halves today. I thought he was in a different gear, and you can see he’s worked hard.
“He hasn’t been injured and laid around: he’s been in that gym nine-to-five, working hard. He’s got his edge back, and he’s ready to go.
“He’s a big, big player for us this season, so if we keep Reuben fit and keep the Reuben we saw today, he could get more than 20 or 25 goals this season.”
Reid has been far from Argyle’s only attacking threat so far this season, though. Gregg Wylde, Ryan Brunt, Craig Tanner, Graham Carey and Carl McHugh all have goals to their name already, and Jake Jervis leads the way with five goals after netting the winner against Wycombe from another Carey corner.
“Tell you what: when luck is on your side,” said Hartley, “you’re scoring goals like Jake Jervis. He can be laid on the floor and the ball goes in off of him!
“I could see he was in the right place at the right time. It was a great delivery, to be fair, and the boys have got on top of the keeper.
“That’s a very important thing: you can’t just rely on two strikers like we did last season. Goals seem to coming from everywhere.”