ARGYLE midfielder Ruben Lameiras will face his former club Coventry City on Saturday with confidence on a massive high after notching four goals in his last three Sky Bet League One games.
Goals against Burton Albion and Southend came either side of a Home Park brace versus Oxford on New Year’s Day and Argyle manager Derek Adams naturally hopes that run continues for the Portuguese forward.
The Pilgrims lost 1-0 to the Sky Blues in the third game of the season, when Jamie Ness was sent off for two yellow card offences. Ruben made an appearance from the bench that day and Derek was impressed with his contribution.
“I would be delighted [if he plays as he did in the first game at Coventry],” said Derek. “He can open up opposition defences, he is a dribbler and he does see through passes very well.
“You always like to play against your old team. Ruben has been in fine form; he has linked up play well and been able to get a few goals to his name, which is vital. This is the best form he has had in his career. He has been given that added responsibility to score goals and create assists.”
Last season, Coventry won promotion back to League One via the Play-Offs, beating Exeter City 3-1 in the final. They have performed well in this division and are just eight points away from back-to-back Play-Off appearances. It is also eight points that separate Argyle from Fleetwood Town in mid-table.
Derek said: “They [Coventry] are sitting round about mid-table. They’ve had a relatively successful time coming back into League One.
“It’s a game like last week where we are looking to close the gap between ourselves and Coventry. It's extremely tight, there are only eight points to tenth position. The teams in that area can finish anywhere come the end of the season. There are 19 games to go, let's see where we are with six games to go.“