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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez 'devastated' as match against Aston Villa is called off

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09 Jan 2010 09:01:24

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez 'devastated' as match against Aston Villa is called off

Wigan's Barclays Premier League home match against Aston Villa, scheduled forthis afternoon, has been postponed due to a frozen pitch at the DW Stadium. Cold comfort: Roberto Martinez praised the efforts of groundstaff for trying to get Wigan's match played Wigan's undersoil heating system failed yesterday and engineers have been unable to repair it. Referee Stuart Atwell inspected the pitch at 8.30am and decided the heavy overnight frost had left the surface unplayable. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said: 'We are devastated because the club has worked so hard in these freak weather conditions to make the area surroundingthe stadium safe. 'The pitch has never been the problem, until now. I have to congratulate our safety team at the stadium who have worked tirelessly to try and clear the area of ice and snow over the past few days. 'Our ground staff  have also spent several nights at the stadium making the sure thepitch remained playable.'


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