Referee Oliver Langford admitted that concerns over player safety was the main reason behind his decision to abandon today's clash with Accrington Stanley. “It is always a tough decision when you have to abandon the game. Both managers were in agreement and it the was right decision to call time when I did. It is unfortunate but everyone was in total agreement and player safety was paramount.. It was touch and go at the start,"
Jack Ross echoed his views and revealed that he had concerns with the pitch prior to kick off. I think that when the game is level, it makes it easier for everyone to accept the decision. I had my concerns about the game starting, the conditions were borderline playable and then obviously in the second half it worsened to the extent that, you can't play on that. There becomes an element of farce about it after that. I have no issues with the decision. If it ends up costing you points then it affects you achieving what you want to achieve this season. I wasn't begging for it to be called off because we were well in the game. You saw in the couple of minutes before, Aiden had one where as he says, the pitch tackled him and left the ball 10 years behind. Then there's Chrissy's chance, he probably scores if the ball reaches him normally. So no issues with the decision. In fairness to the referee, he spoke to myself and John Coleman when I arrived at the stadium. He had some concerns over it but what I would say is that the pitch is actually good and in the main it played okay in the conditions. This side nearest the main stand in particular was a concern, that was my concern during the warm-up. It wasn't ideal and the players stayed off it but then that isn't how it is going to go in the game. The match official did as much as he could in difficult circumstances, it was not easy for him. When you are in the here and now, it is about this game now. We have another game to squeeze in. I wanted to play the game, the squad wanted to play the game, we were enjoying the challenge of it. In the changing room there was no talk of wanting the game off. You just want the game to be played in as good a conditions as possible. Now it has been abandoned we will have to squeeze it in somewhere. Both teams tired to play, there were large elements that didn't come off. There was that element of farce about the closing period. Their equaliser, Jack Baldwin goes to clear it on the half volley and the ball dies underneath his foot. There was things happen after that but that was a consequence of the conditions."
Ross also gave an injury update on Adam Matthew went off inured after 17 minutes against Accrington: "Adam is just an impact injury at the moment. He's sore just now, we'll assess it on Sunday and see where he is for Tuesday. Then obviously another important league game next Saturday. I don't think it was anything to do with the conditions. The game was competitive, we saw that. Given the conditions, I don't think any player on any team was reckless in any way. It's just part of the game."
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