RUBEN Lameiras emerged from the Argyle bench to grab a last-minute winner that further stakes his claim for a return to the starting line-up.
The Portuguese winger has been unfortunate to miss out from the starting line-up in recent fixtures but his dramatic intervention to give the Pilgrims a 1-0 FA Cup victory over Stevenage on the weekend could pose a welcome selection conundrum for manager Derek Adams.
Improved form in front of goal for Ruben is largely down to taking more shots and his confident approach is reflected across an Argyle squad playing with more belief after a tough start to the season.
“I want to play every minute I can and the only way of doing that is to cause the gaffer problems in the way of making him pick me,” said Ruben. “I’ve been shooting a lot more and it was an instinctive one to take it on my left and try to put in the corner.
“I scored six last season and already on four [this season]. I’m trying to work on it and I just want to play as much as I can, score goals and create chances for the team. We all like to inter-change and take up different positions.
“We kept doing the right things [against Stevenage], kept moving the ball and it wasn’t any panic. The boys are playing with more self-belief, we’ve started to play a bit more football, everyone’s getting on the ball and the benefits of that can be seen in results.
“There is a lack of frustration now and we had some players at the beginning of the season who were probably a bit anxious. Even in training, it’s gone up a gear and there is a real buzz about us at the moment.
“We can cause teams problems if we get into the right areas. We’re creating more chances and scoring more goals. We just need to concentrate on every game and see where it takes is.
“We can’t get carried away with a few good results but, for me, it’s about the performances and good performances will turn into good results. The boys are playing with confidence and long may that continue.”