‘SPIT’ ROW NOT POSH BEGINNING
PETERBOROUGH United have confirmed that they have launched an investigation into Marcus Maddison’s claim that he was spat on by a Plymouth Argyle player.
Following the Posh’s 2-1 win over the Pilgrims at London Road, 23year-old Maddison tweeted: “For a fellow professional to spit on me while I’m down injured is a joke. Hope he is fined or banned. This ain’t league 2 no more.”
A Plymouth spokesman said: “We are not prepared to make a comment at this stage.”
It was a rough return to League One for newly-promoted Plymouth, with a 14-and-a-half hour journey followed by a controversial decision that left manager Derek Adams seething at the end.
Adams was angered that no foul was given against Peterborough United striker Jack Marriott after he brushed defender Sonny Bradley off the ball before squaring for an unmarked Junior Morias to score.
By then, the hosts were already a goal up after Gary Sawyer had deflected Leo Da Silva Lopes’ cross into his own net, and Plymouth were unable to complete a comeback, despite substitute Gregg Wylde sweeping home on his second debut for the club.
Adams said: “The linesman was three yards away. How does he not see it?
“Sonny Bradley was in control of the ball. The only way the player can get to the ball is to foul Sonny Bradley and that’s what happened.
“I think we were thoroughly outstanding. We should have been four to five goals up at half-time. We were totally in control.
“The link-up and in possession; we were far better than Peterborough. There were great opportunities in the six-yard box and we should have scored the goals.”
Adams also had a dig at Peterborough’s players, calling their conduct “disappointing” for the way that they “went down injured and took so long to get up.”
It looked for a while that Peterborough’s goal would be shaken but not stirred after a stunning debut from Reading loanee Jonathan Bond.
A sublime double stop to deny Joel Grant then Antoni Sarcevic in the first half was followed in the second by a superb diving save to his left to deny Jake Jervis after Jack Baldwin had lost possession. With both sides squandering several good chances, the final goal was scored by Wylde after he had swapped passes with Graham Carey. Peterborough United manager Grant McCann felt his side were worth the win, and he defended referee John Busby and the officials over Morias’ goal. He said: “I think [the contact] is very minimal. “For a big lad like Sonny Bradley to fall like that; you get some, you lose some.”
MATCH WINNER: Peterborough United striker Junior Morias forces the ball past Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick
BATTLE: Junior Morias and Plymouth’s Oscar Threlkeld