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WALSALL GAME POSTPONED DUE TO WATERLOGGED PITCH
1st February 2021 19:33


Walsall v Mansfield postponed
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 30 Jan 2021, 10.15am

Today's Sky Bet League Two match at Walsall has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2021/january/walsall-v-mansfield-postponed

Supporters who had already purchased a match pass to watch the fixture via iFollow Stags will automatically be able to watch the rearranged fixture.

A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.

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Walsall v Mansfield Town in League Two off because of waterlogged pitch
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55776794

Rain and recent snowfall left the Banks's Stadium surface unplayable for Saturday's game

Walsall have postponed Saturday's League Two home game with Mansfield Town because of a waterlogged pitch at Banks's Stadium.

Recent heavy rainfall and cold weather have affected several games over the past week, with the playing surface deemed unplayable for this fixture.

Tenants Aston Villa played last week's Women's Super League game against Reading on a pitch covered in snow.

The Saddlers have yet to announce a new date for the rescheduled fixture.

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mansfieldtown.net, Monday 1st February 2021

The Stags were set to face Walsall away on Saturday, but the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

With Mansfield in such fine form in Sky Bet League Two, Nigel Clough says the recent postponements are ‘frustrating.’

“I think to have two games cancelled on the spin is very frustrating - especially when you’re in a good run of form and have everyone fit.

“Sometimes they [postponements] can be good timing and you can use them to get people out of the treatment room, but we didn’t need that.

“We have everybody fit and we’re playing well. We’re winning games and want to play every week.

“But we did see photos of Walsall’s pitch and we do understand that with the water on the pitch, there was no way that we could play. Sometimes the weather just defeats you.

“Darrell Clarke [Walsall manager] gave us an early heads up on the Saturday morning, so we were able to schedule a training session for that morning.

“It was important, as we hadn’t done too much after the cancellation on Tuesday [Bolton] - we had a good session on Wednesday but then you’re preparing for Saturday, so you don’t do much on the Friday.”

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2021/february/nigel-clough-pre-bolton/

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Nigel Clough on postponement at Walsall
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Monday 1st February 2021

Mansfield saw their weekend visit to Walsall called off due to a waterlogged pitch, just days after the original midweek home match against Bolton also fell foul of the weather.

It comes at the worst possible time for on-song Stags after five EFL wins on the bounce.

“Looking at the pictures there was no way the Walsall game could have been played on that surface, so it is frustrating,” he said.

https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/nigel-clough-potsponement-walsall-and-qualities-bolton-wanderers-will-bring-mansfield-town-3119736

“Every time we talk at the moment it seems to be after a postponed game. It is just a bit concerning that we haven’t played many games in the last three weeks.

“You have a backlog of games to fit in now and the players are chomping at the bit.

“I don’t mind if you have two or three called off over the course of the season, but to have two or three in such a short space of time does disrupt the schedule.

“We don’t know what the weather is going to be like in the next month or two or what part COVID will play. You can’t really afford for any more to be called off.”

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