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Daws reflects on Plymouth postponement

2 April 2018

United’s interim manager Nick Daws was disappointed to see the home game against Plymouth Argyle postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but he told iFollow Iron it was the right decision.

The match was called off following a pitch inspection by referee Scott Oldham, after heavy rain overnight and throughout Monday morning.

DAWS ON THE POSTPONEMENT…
ND:
We, more than anybody, wanted to play today, build on Friday’s performance and look to get a positive result. The pitch was completely waterlogged though and the referee was under no doubt as soon as he got here that the pitch wasn’t safe to play on. The groundstaff have been incredible and verti-drained the pitch to give it the best chance of getting it on. Unfortunately, the rain has been so heavy and persistent from midnight through until now. There’s nothing we could have done. We’re disappointed but these are the things we have to deal with and we’ll move on quickly. I spoke with (Plymouth manager) Derek Adams and the referee Mr Oldham. You want the game played on the best possible surface and, when there’s a chance element where the roll of the ball might be affected, that’s not the right thing for anybody.

DAWS ON HOW IT AFFECTS THE TRAINING WEEK…
ND:
It doesn’t change too much really, apart from the fact that instead of playing today and recovering tomorrow, they’ll do a bit of work today and train properly tomorrow. It’s effectively like a normal week for us. When we get to the business end of the week, Thursday-Friday, we’ll step things up in terms of our preparations and look to build on Friday’s away performance at Oxford. In some ways, it’s a normal week now.

DAWS ON THE GAME AT AFC WIMBLEDON ON SATURDAY…
ND:
I can’t wait to get the next game going really because we did ever so well on Friday against Oxford. Having said that, the close turnaround with the games from a recovery point of view won’t do us any harm. Ultimately, I’m disappointed because I felt we were in a really good place and state of mind to beat Plymouth today, but we’ll have to wait until the next opportunity whenever the game’s played.

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