Steven Schumacher’s verdict on Plymouth Argyle win at Yeovil Town and Bali Mumba red card
Mumba was sent off, along with Yeovil midfielder Matt Worthington, after a second half at Huish Park
The incident which led to two players being sent off in Plymouth Argyle’s 2-0 pre-season win over Yeovil Town, including Pilgrims summer signing Bali Mumba, has been branded ‘stupid’ by the manager Steven Schumacher.
Yeovil midfielder Matt Worthington was also shown a red card by referee Daniel Lamport after his foul from behind on Mumba in the second half at Huish Park sparked a scrum involving virtually every player on both sides, as well as members of the respective coaching teams.
Mumba, signed by Argyle earlier this month on a season-long loan from Championship club Norwich City, responded angrily to Worthington’s challenge.
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Schumacher called Mumba’s tackle “reckless” but also admitted his player shouldn’t have reacted the way he did.
Both teams finished the final quarter of the game with 10 players each and there was no more scoring, after Argyle scored twice earlier in the second half through Ryan Hardie and Finn Azaz.
Argyle believes Mumba’s sacking will not lead to his suspension for the start of the 2022/23 League One campaign, which kicks off against Barnsley at Home Park next Saturday.
Schumacher told Plymouth Live: “I really thought it was a stupid incident. The tackle from their number seven (Worthington) was terrible, it was reckless.
“He tried to do it a few times to Danny Mayor just in front of the dugout a few minutes earlier, so I think he was probably just frustrated and it was a really bad tackle.
“So Bali‘s reaction isn’t great either, it’s stupid. He shouldn’t have reacted the way he did. In a league game, it’s a straight red and it misses three ( matches).
“We just talked to him about it. He has to learn to control his emotions a little better because that’s what people will try to do, they have to kick him to stop him.
“Then the scrum that secured, I think too many players got involved and it shouldn’t have taken that long to separate him.
“I asked the ref and Chris (Hargreaves, Yeovil’s manager) asked the ref if we could just make substitutions instead of red cards, just to keep it a game. In a pre- season, you don’t want it to be 10 v 10 and he said he couldn’t, he had to send them back.
“That’s what he chose to do but luckily there’s no suspension at the end for either player. The referee said it won’t carry over into the season.
“We spoke to Bali and he understands he shouldn’t react like that, although I think I could have done something similar because it was such a bad tackle.”
In the ensuing scrum, Schumacher said: “I think our players were all on the other side of the pitch, and their bench players are closer, so they had more body around Bali straight away.
“So I’m happy our guys are going in there and protecting our player, but I don’t want anybody raising their hand when they go in there. As long as they keep our player away and don’t make him worse, I’m not bothered.”
Hargreaves had this to say about the double dismissal: “Both players need to learn from it. It’s a local rivalry and the tensions are high.
“Guys are working hard to get those endorphins to kick in, and the adrenaline, you just have to keep your cool. I think on our side we have to keep your cool because we don’t want to lose players. in the season.
“So it’s definitely a learning curve, without a shadow of a doubt. Matty has been excellent, he’s absolutely ready for the fight, for the club, you just have to get him under control when you have to.”
As for the game itself, Argyle ended their pre-season schedule with a dominating display against their National League hosts. They had the vast majority of possession but Yeovil put up stubborn resistance.
Schumacher said: I thought it was quite difficult to break Yeovil in the first half. We felt we were a bit slow when we had the ball and were going into the final third.
“We could get there quite easily and then they had so much body in front of the ball it was hard to break down, so we resorted to some long shots.
“At half-time we talked about how we could move him around a bit quicker and get more points behind, and within minutes we had two passes forward and we were in – Danny said makes a nice cross for Ryan and that unlocks the game.
“I was happy with the performance and it was another good goal from Finn. There was some really good work and then the game kind of ended like a contest because of the two reds, which was really kinda silly.”
Argyle opened the scoring in the 48th minute when a pass from Azaz played Mayor behind Yeovil’s defense and his low cross from the left was guided into the net by Hardie.
Azaz then doubled the Pilgrims’ advantage on the hour mark, fending off a loose ball after Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith couldn’t cope with a ferocious drive from Macaulay Gillesphey.
ARGYLE: Callum Burton; James Wilson, Dan Scarr, Macaulay Gillesphey (Jack Endacott 82 mins); Bali Mumba, Adam Randell (Jordan Houghton 73 mins), Matt Butcher (Alfie Lewis 73 mins), Joe Edwards (Finley Craske 82 mins); Finn Azaz (Morgan Whittaker 60 mins), Danny Mayor (Luke Jephcott 60 mins); Ryan Hardie (NIall Ennis 60 mins).
Subs (not used): Brendan Galloway, Brandon Pursall, Zak Baker.
YEOVIL: Grant Smith; Chiori Johnson (Trialist A 61 min), Morgan Williams, Jack Staunton, Max Hunt, Jamie Reckord (Trialist C 73 min); Matthew Worthington, Sam Perry (Trialist B 73 mins); Tom Knowles (Toby Stephens 82 mins); Malachi Linton (Charlie Wakefield 61 mins), Alex Fisher (Ollie Hulbert 61 mins).
Subs (not used): Max Evans, Ollie Haste.
ARBITRATOR: Daniel Lamport
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