‘SPIT’ ROW NOT POSH BE­GIN­NING

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

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.”

PIC­TURES: PSI/Nigel Cole

MATCH WIN­NER: Peter­bor­ough United striker Ju­nior Mo­rias forces the ball past Plymouth Ar­gyle goal­keeper Luke McCormick

BAT­TLE: Ju­nior Mo­rias and Plymouth’s Os­car Threlkeld

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