Sheffield Wednesday: Washout is let-off

Referee Mark Brown abandons the Owls v Wigan match because of torrential rain
Referee Mark Brown abandons the Owls v Wigan match because of torrential rain

Stuart Gray believes that referee Keith Stroud made the right decision in abandoning the match against Wigan in the 60th minute last night because of a waterlogged pitch.

The caretaker boss also admitted that it was a “get out of jail” card for the Owls as they were trailing 1-0 after being outplayed in the first half.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler agreed with Gray that the surface had become a threat to players’ safety after being subjected to torrential rain.

Gray said: “I was totally disappointed with the first-half performance. We got outplayed, bullied, made individual errors; I was happy to go in only one down.

“I said to the players: ‘Look, we’re still in this.’ I decided to make a double substitution; for 15 minutes we bossed the second half. But in the end it had to be the right decision.”

“The players’ safety is the most important thing. The players couldn’t run with the ball. It was sticking.

“I think it was a challenge with Jacques Maghoma where he’s ended up jumping over the advertising hoarding; I think that’s why the referee decided to call it off in the end.

“It was the right decision and a get out of jail free card for us.”

Wigan boss Rosler said: “Overall I think the referee did the right thing. It’s safety first, for both teams, When you have so much water on the pitch that Nick Powell can’t convert when one-on-one with the goalkeeper, because the ball is sticking in the water, then the referee had no choice. He was very good. I enjoyed myself so much, the way we played in the first half, against a team who have been on a high and have beaten top teams and who have had the momentum with them.”