RUBEN Lamieras has loved his first season as a Pilgrim after a difficult start to the season.
In December it looked like Lameiras could be on his way out of Home Park. However, a dramatic turnaround has seen him start every league game since December 16, scoring six times and assisting a further eight in total this season. Ruben admitted it had been hard to take after a positive pre season but he kept his head down and worked hard.
Ruben said: “I just kept my head down and worked hard. I was always ready for when he wanted to call me; it is tough in football. The team wasn’t picking up points and we just wanted to have a solid base and maybe the way we were playing I wouldn’t fit in. Like I said, I was always ready whenever he needed me and when he did I took my chance.
“It’s been great; it was a tough start. But as soon as I came into the team I set myself an objective to try and score and create as many goals. The fans helped me a lot, my team mates were always right behind me. It’s been a great end to the season and I just need to take this momentum into next season.
“I think the gaffer looked at it like he had nothing else to lose. Even in the squad we had enough firepower, it’s just about timing and being able to get together. We brought in quite a lot of signings over the summer. So, everyone was still trying to work out how we play. When it did click we were a force to be reckoned with. It’s football at the end of the day; you have to get your head down and when you get your chance take it"
Ruben felt the turning point in his Argyle career was his conversation with Adams following Lameiras’ trial with Oldham.
“I think it was the sit-down with the gaffer,” said Ruben. “I am a player that likes to play games and ideally I would play every game of the season. I was just frustrated as I wasn’t able to get as many games as I want, but like is said it happens in football. You have just got to get your head down and get on with it and as soon as I got the opportunity I had to take it.
“I just thought that I tried to come down when I knew he was staying to get my head down and have a good pre season. I thought I did that, but like I said it’s football and at the start I had to keep my head down and keep thinking If I get a chance I need to take it.”