Postponement unavoidable - Oyston

29 December 2009 12:42
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has defended the decision to leave their Bloomfield Road pitch uncovered before the game with Sheffield Wednesday.Some supporters were unhappy as the game was called off after the pitch remained uncovered the previous night despite forecasts of heavy frost.

"Of course there are contingency plans," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"Covers or no covers, if it's freezing once the covers are off then the game's called off in any event."

He added: "I went to see the groundsman on Christmas Eve and had a look at the pitch with him and there was a covering of snow which was keeping the frost off.

"That was cleared on Sunday and the pitch was playable. But there's not a lot we can do about the temperature or weather conditions and a few matches elsewhere had also fallen foul of the weather."

Near-neighbours Fleetwood, who are just 10 miles north of Blackpool, recently introduced covers to their Highbury pitch to avoid home games being postponed.

I don't believe Fleetwood have half the shading problems that we've experienced Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston Fleetwood chief executive Steve Curwood believes the installation will not only benefit the club but also supporters of the Blue Square North side.

"Although they can be seen as a luxury they will pay for themselves after just two or three at-risk games go ahead," he said.

"A postponement is a real nuisance for everyone concerned. Supporters are unconvinced and want to make plans. The team just want to play football, particularly like last Saturday when a top two spot was at stake."

But Oyston believes there is no comparison between facilities at the two grounds.

"If people want to make that comparison then it shows how little they know," he said.

"Fleetwood, as well run as they are, have stands that are significantly smaller than ours and our biggest problem with the pitch is the South Stand.

"That blocks the sun out on about a third of the pitch and that was always the issue we had in the past when the previous South Stand was up.

"I don't believe Fleetwood have half the shading problems that we've experienced."

No date has yet been set for the rescheduled match against Sheffield Wednesday.

Source: BBC_Sport