Twitter user @GrubHooligan produces the ‘worst jinx of all time’ as Sam Cosgrove nets hat-trick in a stunning Plymouth Argyle comeback.
The high flying League One side came from 3-0 down to beat AFC Wimbledon on spot kicks and secure a place in the last eight of the Papa Johns Trophy.
It was all looking so comfortable for AFC Wimbledon, as Kyle Hudlin scored from close range, got a second 7 minutes later, and Ayoub Assal made it 3-0 just before half time.
Cosgrove started the comeback by tapping in, then nodded in his second, before miraculously completing a hat-trick by the 76th minute. 3-3, making for a tense finale.
As Plymouth won 4-3 on penalties, Bali Mumba scored the crucial spot-kick, after Ryan Hardie missed Argyle’s first penalty.
However, the shootout went in their favour when Callum Burton saved Assal and David Fisher.
The quarter-finals will see Plymouth travel to Bristol Rovers, but the date has yet to be decided.
One moment that got a lot of people talking on social media came at half time.
AFC Wimbledon tweeted: “It’s 3-0 at the break. What a half!
Twitter user @giveaways_Ace said: “Tf is happening?
To which @GrubHooliga replied: “Nothing to see here – Just another AFC Wimbledon game where Sam Cosgrove fails to score a goal.
And as mentioned above, the second half played out to Cosgrove getting a hat-trick and his side went on to win the penalty shootout. Ouch.
Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher said via pafc.co.uk: “It’s obvious, but it was a game of two halves.
“I thought Wimbledon played well in the first half and scored two goals early on in the game, which we felt we could have defended better, we just didn’t have enough desire to stop the crosses in the wide areas or defend the box properly. It was sloppy from us.
“Wimbledon were a threat. The big lad up front [Hudlin] was a handful, and they played some really good stuff.
“From about 35 minutes we changed shape and got a grip of the game, and then conceded another really poor goal from some poor defending.
“You’re thinking ‘that might be it, it might be game over’ but we rolled the dice at half-time and got some quality onto the pitch that was sitting on the bench.
“They produced the goods and, fair play to the lads, it was a good reaction, and we’ve gone on and gone through, which is great.
“One of the changes was already planned – Nigel was coming on for Dan, and they were playing 45 minutes each – but getting Morgan and Adam on there gave us a little bit more experience, so Butch [Matt Butcher] went to left back, Rands gives us a bit of energy in midfield and Morgan gives us the quality that we know.
“That isn’t taking anything away from the three lads who came off, they are quality players. I just felt we got down the left side, having two left-footers there who were forward-thinking – Butch and Jack – putting some good balls in.
“I felt after we got the third goal there was a few minutes left and we might have just snuck it, we were the only team that looked likely to go on and win it, but it had to be on penalties and Cal the Dragon did his job!”
“Big Sam scored three great goals; I think he will be delighted,” said the manager. “I heard one of their fans shouting ‘Wimbledon reject’ as he was walking up to take his pen – his fourth goal of the night.
“In the first half, I thought he did ok. Defensively, for Wimbledon’s first goal I think he could have done a bit better for us, and we said that to him at half-time.
“His reaction in the second half, he put himself in good positions, scored three goals and maybe could have had another couple.”
“We go to Bristol Rovers and we are two games from Wembley,” said Schumacher. “It’s getting closer, and you can see tonight that the standard is [getting better]. Wimbledon didn’t play on Saturday, so they could play a stronger team than maybe they have done in the previous rounds.
“I’m sure Bristol Rovers will do the same. We’re two games from a really big day out for everyone. We’ll go there, pick a team that we think can win the game, and I’m sure Bristol Rovers will do the same. It will be a feisty encounter like it always is, and we look forward to the quarter-final.”
AFC Wimbledon’s Johnnie Jackson was full of praise for our supporters after they backed his squad: “I’d like to thank all of the fans who came tonight. It was unbelievable support on a Wednesday night before Christmas.
“I had a chance to say thank you to a few of them in person before the game, so if I didn’t see you I apologise for that. I’m disappointed for them.
“At the same time I’m really proud of the boys because of the effort they put in. We’ve had sickness going round the camp this week. I had to send four lads home this afternoon because they came down with flu overnight. We were on our last legs in terms of our energy, there were lads out there that weren’t feeling great.
“We tried to pick a team that would give us as much as they could from the off. We were magnificent in that first-half. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep it up and it showed in the second-half. We came up against a really good team and we took them all the way. Penalties is always a lottery.”
This is what is being said after the twitter user produces the ‘worst jinx of all time’ as Sam Cosgrove nets a hat-trick in that stunning Plymouth comeback…
@UpTheArgyle1: It’s fucking hilarious
@SamPoole2006: Cosgrove used to play for my team (Shrewsbury) and honestly he was rubbish. I’m actually surprised he’s got form at Plymouth
@OwenPettitt2: Cause he’s the goat
@CMpafc: We are fucking massive.
@theultimatebill: Some say they showed him that tweet at halftime.
@adamReadingFC: Bro took it personally