Plymouth boss Carl Fletcher struggled to sum up a moment of madness after skipper Darren Purse saw red in his side's 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood.

Purse was handed a red card 12 minutes from time, after tangling with Fleetwood's Jamie McGuire on the edge of the Argyle box.

Fletcher said: "I think Darren was sent off for a straight red, I've not seen it, but that's how I think it has gone. When you play a football match, every game is different and sometimes the will to win boils over into actions that you wouldn't normally do.

"I've done things on the pitch that in the cold light of day you wouldn't do and I think for people who haven't played it's difficult to understand the adrenaline, the frustration and that will to win."

David Ball handed Fleetwood the lead after just 90 seconds, getting the final touch following an audacious overhead effort from Barry Nicholson. For all their possession Plymouth failed to carve out clear chances and, after Purse's dismissal, it was two when Curtis Nelson turned Curtis Obeng's cross into his own net.

Junior Brown popped up at the back post, deep into injury time to add a third for Micky Mellon's men.

Fletcher said: "The way we conceded inside the first minute was not good enough. After we got over that and got on the ball we looked like we were making some good chances. We thought we could push on but we just didn't get where we wanted to be.

Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon was pleased with the victory, following a run of three straight league draws.

He said: "At times we were a little bit rigid. The early goal was exactly what we wanted but we didn't really take advantage.

"Once we started to play with a little more freedom I think we came into the game and created some good chances. To get the three points and to be where we are in the table, you've got to be pleased."