REID ALL ABOUT IT! PILGRIMS TREBLE UP
PLYMOUTH manager John Sheridan praised Reuben Reid for his two-goal show before then warning his star striker that he will be on his case for the rest of the season.
Reid tapped home the opener four minutes before half-time and then turned provider for Bobby Reid to double the Pilgrims’ advantage after the break.
Reuben Reid then took his tally to 13 goals for the season after converting from the penalty spot to send Plymouth up to fifth in the table.
But Sheridan, whose side have won eight of their 11 home games this term, insists there will be no-let up when it comes to bringing out the best in the club’s top goalscorer.
“I keep pushing Reuben and I will be on his case all season,” he said.
“He doesn’t always like what I say but it’s for his benefit.
“He is a very important player for us and I get my rewards when he plays like he did for us here.
“And if he gets another 20-odd goals for us again this season, then I know I am doing something right.
“I thought we were top drawer and the goals were quality.You can see the confidence in the team and we are causing the opposition a lot of problems.
“If anyone was watching they would say that we are a really good team.”
Daggers veteran striker Jamie Cureton tried to conjure a touch of the sublime early on with a cheeky chip that landed just the wrong side of the post. Lewis Alessandra was the first to register a shot on target on 17 minutes when he cut inside Ayo Obileye and let fly with a fierce shot which was beaten away by Mark Cousins.
Brian Saah wasted Dagenham’s best chance when he failed to apply the finishing touch after Billy Bingham picked out the unmarked defender in the six-yard box.
But Plymouth provided the one moment of real quality of the half after Bobby Reid’s inchperfect pass was seized upon by Alessandra and his cross was tapped home by Reuben Reid.
The Pigrims started the second half in positive fashion and opened up a two-goal cushion with an incisive move. Bobby Reid threaded a pass into the path of Reuben and he squared the ball for the former to fire home.
Reuben Reid wrapped up the victory in the 78th minute with his second goal of the match.
Lewis Alessandra was adjudged to have been tripped by Obileye and Reid sent Cousins the wrong way from the spot.
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett said: “We started well and both teams played some nice football in the first half without creating too many chances.
“But they hit us on the counter-attack and the ball was in the back of our net. In the second half we switched off for their second and the third goal wasn’t a penalty.
“This is not an easy place to come because they have got good players and a really good manager. If they continue this home form they have got as good a chance of promotion.”
RUE BETTER WATCH OUT: Rueben Reid, Lewis Alessandra and Bobby Reid embrace