Brewers boss reacts to Accrington postponementBrewers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink shared the frustration of everyone in and around the Store First Stadium when match referee Mark Brown called today's Skybet League 2 fixture off just under an hour before the scheduled 3pm kick off time.
Three quarters of the pitch were fine, having been subject to the mornings sunlight but a strip of the pitch in front of the main stand were still tinged with frost with one particulat section causing concern to the Yorkshire match official who ultimately decided to call the game off.
"Its not up to me what I think, it is up to what the referee thinks." said Hasselbaink in the light of the postponement. "We are ready, we have prepared. Whatever they decided we were going to go with it. If the game is on then it is on. If not then it is unfortunate but it is more the supporters who are going to come and drive over. For them I feel a bit sorry."
"The referee is concerned about the players safety and you cant do anything about it."
Explaining the referee's decision Jimmy confirmed that it was a particular strip of pitch that was of most concern to the referee.
"There is a part of the pitch that is hard." he said, "There is a part that is a little bit slippery and there is a part that has ice on it. So, I dont want to injure my players. I want to make sure that they are well looked after and the referee finds that it is too dangerous so you have to go with that."
"It is frustrating but it is one of those things that you cant do anything about. We would have wanted to play. We would have liked to play because we have momentum and we have prepared right for it but it was not meant to be so we have to now go back and work for the next match."
"This was going to be a big, big test for us coming 48 hours after our last match, playing against them and now we have to look forward to Shrewsbury."