Adams and Westley in press room pantomime
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