Plymouth Argyle felt they deserved something from their recent encounter with Bradford City, so much so their official club report read more like something from a fan-site.
Plymouth had two men sent off as they went down 2-1 at Valley Parade, a result which dents their automatic promotion hopes and helps fuel belief the Bantams can make the top seven. It was a fiery clash, not short of controversy, but the Pilgrims media team felt aggravated enough to urge fans to disregard the result.
“Read nothing into this result,” they wrote.
“Argyle’s defeat was as unjust as they come and should in no way detract from their performance, nor from their prospects of winning promotion from Sky Bet League Two.
“The game, played on a mess of a pitch, was defined by the sending-off of Argyle captain Gary Sawyer towards the end of a first-half dominated by the Pilgrims.”
Naturally, this has drawn plenty of attention on Twitter. One of the key rules of a club’s official media account is to remain relatively impassive, perhaps a little controversial on live Twitter feeds, but certainly not so confrontational when dealing with a match report.
That’s certainly the opinion of these supporters, who feel perhaps the Green Army could do with lessons in how to lose gracefully, or at least how to write match reports.
Everyone associated with that club is a joke ?
— Benny (@BenzlWashington) March 2, 2020
Just read the part were it says connelly made a meal out of a coming together with McFadzean, did they not see him smash into the advertising hoarding behind the goal, shows how much bullshit they talk when on the match report it says Connollys goal was a free kick ???
— lewis wadsworth (@lewiswadsworth1) March 1, 2020
Wow, just like a lot of their fans. Very very bad losers!
— Christoph (@dizzyuptheguy) March 1, 2020
So unprofessional! Hahaha. Connolly scoring from a free kick? Must have missed that one
— Nathan. (@nathanevans94) March 1, 2020
*Reminder to never write such a strongly worded match report before watching tv replays… ?
— Craig Chippindale (@Chippy_82) March 1, 2020
Work of fiction!! Did they watch the same game we did. Could and should have been 5/6. Also definitely two reds!!
— South Coast Bantam (@CraigAndrew3) March 1, 2020
We've done our fair share of moaning about Boyeson in the past, but if that article was written by a professional journalist then they want to have a serious look at themselves.
— Tony Coates (@topppcat) March 1, 2020
We are embarrassed by it. The @Only1Argyle media team need to take a look at how they want to be perceived? Also might want to take a look at the laws of the game – Sawyer was a definite red card. Winning the ball is irrelevant.
— Dave Trevaskus (@DaveTrevaskus) March 2, 2020