Waterlogged pitch forces off derby

15 September 2009 07:30
The London derby was set to kick off at 8pm, but persistent rainfall throughout the day left the match officials with no option but to call the game off.[LNB]A new date for the fixture has yet to be arranged, but all tickets for the game remain valid.[LNB]QPR boss Jim Magilton reluctantly accepted the decision to postpone the game.[LNB]The match was called off by referee Mick Russell after a final pitch inspection at 7pm following persistent and heavy rain in west London which left standing water across parts of the playing surface.[LNB]Magilton said: "We've been guided by the safety officer and the referee.[LNB]"The rain hasn't stopped - the groundsman and his staff have done everything they can to get the game on, but unfortunately the weather has won.[LNB]"We apologise to the fans who were probably looking forward to a good game, both our own and the Palace faithful.[LNB]"It's just one of those things. It's a home game and we were looking forward to it but we've got to accept the decision."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk