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Two days wasted

7 February 2014

Boss expresses his thoughts after Friday's Newport postponement

Manager Graham Alexander voiced his disappointment at the amount of time wasted over the last couple of days following the delayed decision to postpone Friday night’s game against Newport County.

The Cod Army squad made the 225 mile trip down south to Newport on Thursday in preparation for the game, only to find out on the following morning the pitch was deemed unplayable. 

With the fixture having now been re-arranged for Tuesday 4th March, Alexander spoke to the club website on his way back north on Friday evening and felt the situation could have been handled better. 

“The postponement didn’t come as a massive shock when we found out the news. The weather has played its part and overall it has been a waste of two days. 

“We are disappointed because these things need to be sorted out. It is unacceptable for league clubs to travel down to play on a pitch which from the start is totally unplayable. 

“We have prepared for the game properly like it was going to go ahead but in the back of our minds we knew there was a good chance it was going to be off and so it was. Overall it is two days wasted. 

“There is a lot of organising and travelling that goes on before an away game. It also costs the club financially and we have to now rearrange this game for next month which will be a midweek fixture.

“We have to do the exact same thing on Tuesday night with a trip to Wycombe Wanderers, a game which was postponed earlier this season and could have been prevented. 

“The disappointing thing is that we have to rearrange these games through no fault of our own in the busiest stage of the season. At this level I don’t think it is acceptable. 

“It didn’t come as a massive shock when we found out the news, we had a club representative at the ground this morning who said there was no way the pitch was playable. 

“How the weather has been for the last week or so alongside a rugby team playing on the pitch three days before the game. Newport have already had cancellations this season so the game wasn’t going to be on so we have missed two days training and recovery time. 

“We are back in training tomorrow at our own training ground. We will travel to Wycombe on Monday and hopefully we will get the game on. 

“We have to focus on the Wycombe Wanderers game now and that is what we will do leading up to Tuesday night.”

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