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Saturday 21 October 2017

McClean goal in vain as match abandoned

James McClean of Wigan Athletic talks to referee Keith Stroud, after the match is called off due to a waterlogged pitch
James McClean of Wigan Athletic talks to referee Keith Stroud, after the match is called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The weather marred last night's football programme in England, with two matches abandoned and one suspended.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler was denied the chance of back-to-back wins for his new club as referee Keith Stroud abandoned their Championship clash at Hillsborough early in the second half due to a waterlogged pitch.

Wigan took a deserved 24th-minute lead through midfielder James McClean and the visitors missed a host of other first-half chances before persistent torrential rain left the playing surface unplayable. Stroud abandoned the match in the 59th minute after consulting with both his assistants.

Crawley's FA Cup second-round replay against Bristol Rovers was abandoned after 75 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch. Referee Stuart Attwell took the decision after initially taking the players off to assess the worsening conditions. The game was goalless at the time.

Meanwhile, Stoke's League Cup tie against Manchester United was suspended in the first half.

Referee Mark Clattenburg took the players off the pitch because of a hailstorm. However, the action was able to resume several minutes later.

Irish Independent

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