Evatt: Salford Postponement Was 'The Right Call'

  • February 06, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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A frustrated Ian Evatt believes the postponement of Bolton's game at Salford City was the correct decision.

Wanderers were due to face the Ammies at the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday, but referee Ben Toner deemed the conditions unplayable at 1:45pm and called the game off due to a waterlogged pitch.

It is the third time in less than a fortnight that the Trotters have seen games fall foul of the weather but the manager says there was little could be done, with the forecast predicting heavy levels of rain throughout the afternoon.

"We all wanted the game on but you can see with your own eyes that the pitch just isn't playable," Evatt told the Manchester Evening News.

"We are in the lap of the Gods with the weather at the minute but you could see by the roll and bounce of the ball, it just wasn't happening.

"A team like us that try to play football, it was just going to be a complete lottery, especially as there is more rain forecast. The referee has made the right call, I think.

"The benefit now is that we now have a bigger and more competitive squad so hopefully we can cope with it but, no, it's definitely not ideal.

"We are jumping back on to the coach now and heading back up to Lostock to train.

"I know Richie Wellens well and when I got here today I went out to look at the pitch I went back in to say him and said: 'I'd be amazed if this game is on.'

"Richie said: 'Really? I have been told all day it would be on but I've tried not to get involved myself.'

"The ref said he was looking at the pitch at 1.45pm and to be fair to the Salford ground staff they put a good shift in to try and get the game on, they were doing their best.

"But, for me, we'd have been better off tossing a coin on a pitch like that to decide who wins, you couldn't play football on it. And the conditions were only going to get worse because the forecast is heavy."

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