The overriding emotion throughout the Sheffield Wednesday camp following the postponement of their League One fixture towards Accrington Stanley was one among frustration.
The Owls seen the Stanley match as an opportunity to get their promotion bid again on observe after Sunday’s unlucky 2-0 defeat to leaders Rotherham United.
However the match was referred to as off lower than an hour and a half earlier than kick-off attributable to a waterlogged pitch. Referee Ross Joyce deemed Wednesday’s Hillsborough taking part in floor unplayable.
Given there was dense standing water close to the South Stand touchline and in each goalmouths, Joyce was left with no selection however to name the sport off.
So why did it take so lengthy for the match officers to make the choice?
There was a will to play the match.
The rain stopped late afternoon and the officers have been eager to provide the pitch as a lot doable time to recuperate as doable following the heavy downpour.
The guests weren’t on the floor when the pitch inspection began at 5:30pm and officers wished Stanley to see the state of the pitch earlier than a call was made.
It’s a blessing in disguise for Wednesday that their subsequent two fixtures are away from dwelling. Their Hillsborough pitch has deteriorated in latest weeks and Darren Moore expressed his concern over the state of the floor after Rotherham.
“The pitch doesn’t look good,” he admitted. “It wants some work on it.
“The way in which we go about our sport, we want , clear floor.”
The Owls nonetheless have eight extra dwelling matches to squeeze in earlier than the ultimate day of the common League One season on April 30. Fifteen video games in whole.
On the brilliant facet, the Accrington postponement provides Wednesday’s depleted squad extra time to relaxation and recuperate forward of a significant away double-header with Doncaster Rovers and Fleetwood City. Gamers corresponding to Massimo Luongo will really feel the advantage of the additional restoration time.
Moore will probably be crossing his fingers a few of their injured stars return to first-team obligation over the approaching weeks. Thrilling ahead Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is amongst 11 gamers at present unavailable for choice.
If Wednesdayites are on the lookout for a silver lining, there are many winnable matches arising. Burton Albion are the one prime half facet Moore’s facet are scheduled to face earlier than April 9. It’s a good run of video games and an enormous alternative for the Owls to place factors on the board and construct momentum.