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Plymouth Argyle Knocked Out of FA Cup
6:01am 5th November 2012
Plymouth Argyle have been kicked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle for the third year in a row.
They went down one-nil to Dorchester after being reduced to ten men.
It is after taking a free kick before the ref had blown his whistle.
Boss Carl Fletcher said: "We knew it was going to be a tough game anyway but for the ref to influence the game, as they do so often these days, was disappointing for something silly. I don't even know what it's doing in the rules to be honest."
Scroll down to hear more of the gaffer's reaction.
In a terrible case of history repeating itself, Argyle bowed out at the first round stage to Dorchester Town of the Blue Square Conference South.
Jake Gosling’s goal, just four minutes after the interval, handed the Magpies an away tie with either Luton or Nuneaton Town in the second round and condemned Argyle to first round defeat for the third season running.
Having looked to be, on paper at least, a thrilling clash, the game took an ugly turn after just nine minutes when referee Lee Collins showed Conor Hourihane a second yellow card for taking a free-kick before he had blown his whistle.
From that moment on, Dorchester, with the hostile home crowd on their side, were in the box seat and despite late pressure, held on for their day in the sun.
But those wishing to draw comparisons between this game at the sell-out Avenue Stadium and that dreadful evening in Stourbridge last season would have a hard job.
Yes, both games were away against non-league opposition and both were shown live on TV.
And, yes, the Pilgrims were reduced to ten men in both games but at Stourbridge, it was just.
This was not. It was cruel.
Hear boss Carl Fletcher's thoughts on the game here...
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