Date:Wednesday October 23 2013
With last night's game at Portsmouth washed out after 45 minutes with the score at 1-1, here are some comments from referee Lee Collins, Pompey manager Guy Whittingham and a selection of their fans.
Referee Collins explained his decision to abandon the match and expressed his gratitude at the mature attitude of both camps.
'The first thing I've always got to think about is player safety,' he said. 'I've spoken to both managers since we've come in at half-time, and they're of the same consensus as me that safety is paramount and it's definitely dangerous out there for players to continue.'
'To be honest with you, it makes my job a little bit easier, it's never an easy job, but it makes it a little bit easier when you've got two managers that are very understanding of the situation along with the safety steward in regards to the safety of everybody else, the players, the crowd in general and the weather...We've also got a lot of people in the stadium and with lightning around it's very important that we think about safety'
'That was unbelievable out there,' said Portsmouth manager Whittingham.
'He (the ref) came to us sort of half way through the first half and there was obviously thunder and lightning around and he asked if we'd got any concerns, and both managers wanted to see if we could keep playing. But then at half time, he had no choice.'
'Probably the best thing of the whole 45 minutes was we'd actually got ourselves back in the game, but there were a few tackles and people were sliding in and losing their feet, and the ball was stopping a couple of times so there could only have been one decision.'
Talking about their set-piece goal, the Pompey boss said: 'It's part of the hard work that we do so it was nice to see at least one bit of our performance go well.'
The main talking point among Pompey fans was the weather, but those who touched on the game itself, acknowledged that they were second best on the night.
The following extracts are taken from Vital Pompey, truebluearmy, the pompeychimes, Fratton Faithful, Football Forums and Twitter.
'The worst conditions I have ever seen at FP!! Referee had no choice as to start the second half would have been dangerous. The rain was pouring through the roof of the North Stand. Floods everywhere.'
'We waited an hour to drive home wearing fluffy dressing gowns with our clothes and shoes in bin bags. Glad we weren't stopped.'
'About 7-8' standing water outside the ground. Rain coming down horizontally & straight through my supposedly waterproof coat. Shoes like sponges.'
'It was like walking through a waterfall. The paths around the ground were almost entirely submerged, and it's no exaggeration to say that some of the floods we had to wade through were a foot deep. Right decision to call it off! Should have brought a snorkel. I could be no wetter.'
'Did laugh at half time when the ground staff were forking the pitch. Talk about Forlorn Hope!'
'Never mind the weather. Wycombe played us off the park. Worst home performance this season.'
'Tell you what, if it had been a dry night Wycombe would have won that game in my opinion. They were passing well, their movement when they had the ball was better, they were first to the ball, closing us down quicker than we were on them. We were just hoofing it upfield at every opportunity. Now this this is a club that does not pay big wages does not pay big signing on fees and averages 3,500 gates. Could their secret be they have a manager who knows what he is doing whereas our clueless manager picks the same 10 outfield players that played so badly against Bury.'
'Wycombe were better than us, too nimble and too quick.'
'That was like a disaster movie. I found it very exhilarating.'
Selsey Bill wrote:
'If this game had carried on, and we'd made no changes, Wycombe would have won. They were far superior to us in just about every department. They looked sharper, faster and fitter than us, and adapted much better to the conditions once they started to deteriorate. We did score first through Agyemang, though it was disallowed for what looked like a legitimate (softish) shoulder barge to me. Their goal was a fantastic shot from outside the box that Carson could have done nothing about. They, however, clearly fouled one of our players in the build up.'
Pompey Dave wrote:
'I thought they looked better as an attacking unit because the Milton end half of the pitch seemed to deteriorate so much quicker in the wet. It pooled up much quicker and stifled our play whilst they were attacking on a much drier surface. Having said that, we actually created more chances.'
'Unbelievable rain. Drenched from head to toe. The game was doomed, but we were poor anyway up until the last few minutes when we came alive.'
'Glad that's called off. We were gonna lose that.'
'Abandoning it at half time (with the scores level at 1-1) made it easier for both to accept as it's always worse if one side is winning and a game is called off - unless you are the side on the wrong end of the scoreline!'
'Great banter from one of the stewards in the Fratton End tonight. "Gents please make your way out through the shallow end."
Portsmouth FC @officialpompey wrote:
'Wycombe's players applaud both sets of fans as they leave the pitch - nice touch.'
Reece Percival wrote:
'Wycombe team show PFC a bit of class. Game called off, immediately out clapping fans. PFC team nowhere to be seen. Shame.'
Next Game: Wycombe v Bury - Sat 26th Oct - 3.00pm
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