Southend United manager Paul Sturrock after Wycombe Wanderers before Barnet and Crewe Alexandra
20 December 2010 10:56
Southend United manager Paul Sturrock was left suffering a familiar feeling of frustration after his side's home clash against Wycombe Wanderers was called off because of a frozen pitch on Saturday. Sturrock: It was the third time in five games that Blues had been hit by a postponement. And the latest cancellation infuriated Sturrock. "It's very frustrating because the weather has disrupted our momentum again. After getting a great win at Cheltenham and playing well we wanted to take that in to the Wycombe game and hopefully pick up more points. But, although the club did everything they could to get the game on, including covering the pitch, the freezing temperatures meant it was impossible for the match to be played. It was a similar story after we had drawn against both Shrewsbury and Stevenage and it's annoying that we're having to keep stopping and starting our season." No games in League Two managed to survive the weather, leaving Blues 17th in the League Two standings. But Sturrock is now also concerned that his side's preparations for the Boxing Day clash with Barnet could be affected by the weather. "We're running the risk of the pitches at the training ground being rock solid again and players struggling to maybe even get in. Hopefully the conditions can soon improve and the only good thing is that it gives our players carrying knocks — like Josh Simpson and Bilel Mohsni — longer to recover." The postponement against Wycombe means Blues have now not played at Roots Hall since crashing out of the FA Cup on penalties at the hands of Macclesfield Town on Tuesday November 16. It also again extends the suspension of left-back Peter Gilbert, meaning he will now not be available until the trip to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday, December 28. The weather also decimated the south Essex non-league football and rugby, with all scheduled matches being postponed due to the snow.