Adams and West­ley in press room pan­tomime

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND - By Matt Bam­sey

NEW­PORT boss Gra­ham West­ley and Pil­grims man­ager Derek Adams clashed in the press room at Home Park af­ter a dour stale­mate.

West­ley was asked to leave the press con­fer­ence area as he lis­tened to Adams talk­ing to the me­dia.

Mo­ments later both man­agers stormed out of the room, col­lid­ing on their way out as the post-match in­ter­views de­scended into farce.

West­ley reap­peared ten min­utes later and was quick to play down the in­ci­dent.

He said: “I was asked to come and speak to the press so I walked into the press room while the other man­ager was speak­ing.

“I stood at the side of the room po­litely and the press of­fi­cer asked me to leave.

“He is wel­come to come and lis­ten to me. I have got noth­ing to say that I am scared of him hear­ing.

“I was a bit con­fused and be­mused why I was asked to leave the press room. But I left and Derek Adams stormed out. That was his choice.”

New­port right-back Jazzi Bar­num-Bobb was walk­ing a tightrope from the sec­ond minute af­ter be­ing shown a yel­low card for a late tackle on Gra­ham Carey.

Fur­ther tack­les on Os­car Threlkeld and Carey could have re­sulted in a red card but ref­eree John Brooks handed him a re­prieve.

Sand­wiched be­tween those talk­ing points was a red card for Sean Rigg – the New­port mid­fielder was dis­missed mid­way through the first half for a studs up tackle on Jake Jervis.

Ply­mouth strug­gled to make their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage count, al­though Con­nor Smith looked des­tined to score from close range be­fore New­port keeper Joe Day clawed the ball off the line.

The Ex­iles wasted a chance on the stroke of half-time as Rhys Healey scuffed an ef­fort straight at Luke McCormick.

And the vis­i­tors came clos­est to win­ning it af­ter the break but McCormick man­aged to gather the ball be­tween his legs af­ter Healey broke into the box.

Adams gave a brief in­ter­view be­fore the post-match pan­tomime broke out, say­ing: “We played bet­ter when it was 11 against 11.

“They stopped the space and we weren’t as free-flow­ing as we were at the start of the game.”

Pil­grims mid­fielder Jervis added: “We dom­i­nated in the first half but we didn’t move the ball as well when they were down to ten men.

“We were try­ing to get at them as much as we could. We need to adapt and learn from it.”

STAR MAN RHYS HEALEY New­port C

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