Rangers youngster Zak Rudden incurred the wrath of Leyton Orient fans but was lionised by Plymouth Argyle fans after his midweek antics.
Plymouth beat Leyton Orient 4-0 at Home Park but the opening goal was shrouded in controversy. Rudden was at the centre of this storm for his blatant handball in the build-up to the goal.
O’s goalkeeper Dean Brill made a save to keep Plymouth at bay but it looped to Rudden, who was unmarked in front of an open goal and less than six yards out. Somehow, the Scotland youth striker mistimed his jump and ended up punching the ball goalwards rather than using his head.
Brill recovered to make a stop on the line from Rudden’s handball attempt but Joel Grant smashed in the rebound. This set Plymouth on the path to a crushing victory over in-form Leyton Orient.
Somewhere in Argentina, Diego Maradona is smiling. 😅🤣
— Super 6 (@Super6) October 23, 2019
Soon after the controversial opener, Rudden doubled Plymouth’s lead. It was the 19-year-old’s second goal since joining the Pilgrims on loan from Rangers and his first in the league.
But Leyton Orient fans were less than impressed. Here are some accusing Rudden of being a cheat and some Plymouth fans jumping to his defence.
— George Kelly (@georgekelly21) October 22, 2019
Zak Rudden what a hero
— Owen Lang (@owenlang_) October 22, 2019
@zakorudden I hope you can live with being a cheat. There is no place in football for players like you. You are a disgrace.
— Steven (@Stevenorient) October 22, 2019
@zakorudden the new maradonna! 💚
— Tom Ewings (@chubbs_20) October 23, 2019
@zakorudden oh dear , glad you don’t play for the O’s
— Bill (@Bill_JohnsonUK) October 22, 2019
— Joshua Windass (@WindassJnr) October 23, 2019