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Curle Respects Pitch Decision

12 December 2012

Keith Curle was eager for his side to take on Rotherham United on Tuesday night but understands the referee’s decision to call off the fixture on the grounds of health and safety.

The match had been set to go ahead as planned earlier in the day but a deterioration of the conditions in the build-up to kick-off led to the referee, Darren Deadman, postponing the game, following discussions with both managers. 

The match has been provisionally rearranged for next Tuesday, 18 December 2012 – a 7.45pm kick-off. 

“We were desperately disappointed, because the planning and preparation had been done,” Curle told Magpie Player.

“My mindset was that I wanted to play but you have to take on board the decision of the referee.

“He’s called the game off because of the safety of the players, he needed to guarantee that they were safe to partake in the game.

“In his opinion, he didn’t feel comfortable and you have to abide by their decisions.”

The club were fully prepared for the winter weather and placed covers on the pitch, which were removed late on Tuesday morning to allow the groundstaff to prepare the surface for the game later that night. 

An initial inspection of the pitch at 4.30pm suggested that the match would go ahead. 

Curle paid tribute to the groundstaff at Meadow Lane for their hard work in preparation of the game. 

“The groundstaff have been fantastic in getting the pitch ready after the rugby,” he explained. 

“There were no issues with the pitch being flat and level, it’s just complete and utter weather conditions that have caused it.”

The Magpies are in action again on Saturday at Meadow Lane for the visit of promotion rivals Brentford.

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