Addicks boss sympathises with Doncaster opposite number over Valley abandonment (From This Is Local London)
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Addicks boss sympathises with Doncaster opposite number over Valley abandonment
CHRIS Powell admits he has some sympathy for opposite number Paul Dickov after today’s Valley game against Doncaster was abandoned with the visitors 3-1 up.
Doncaster were three-goals to the good thanks to Paul Keegan and Chris Brown when referee Lee Collins called a temporary halt to the match after 26 minutes as the heavy rain poured down, leaving some areas of the pitch unplayable.
The contest resumed half an hour later after groundstaff and Doncaster’s players did their best to clear the field of surface water.
Simon Church reduced the arrears and Keegan was red carded for a second caution as the game somehow reached half-time, although with the ball stopping regularly in the puddles it was perhaps inevitable Mr Collins decided enough was enough at the break.
Powell said: ‘I think my players certainly responded to the position we were in.
‘Who knows what could have happened?
‘We’ve got a goal and they’ve had a player sent off but we should never have got ourselves in that position.
‘Conditions may have played a part in one of the goals but there were individual mistakes that got us there.
‘But they showed a bit of bravery and to be honest with you I prepared my team to go out again at 3-1 because I felt that was the right thing to do.
‘I know Paul Dickov will be obviously despondent because of what has happened, and rightly so because if I was in his position I would feel the same, but we were ready to go out.
‘That’s one thing I will say to you, they were prepared to go out and play and carry on with the game.
‘Is it a reprieve? We will see when we play them again.’
Powell added: ‘We’ve got to get on with it. It is tough on everyone today – Doncaster and their supporters coming all that way, a lot of our supporters have to travel and they’ve spent money that they won’t get back (on travel).
‘A lot of those fans may not be able to see the return game.
‘I’m sure they will be refunded (for the match ticket) but it is still difficult for a lot of fans to come midweek after work, so it is a shame in that respect for the fans.
‘But I have no problem with fixtures, we will be ready to play whenever it is.’
When asked if the game could have continued in the second half, the Charlton manager replied: ‘It is a tough one because there were problems, particularly only on one side.
‘There were two teams out there that scored four goals, there was chances being created a t both ends.
‘I’m sure many of us would say a few years back we would have carried on.
‘But you’ve got to respect the referee and his position because if there is an injury, the blame would be put on his feet and I understand that.
‘There wasn’t too many bad tackles, players were getting on with it.
‘At times it wasn’t easy running with the ball or with certain passes but both teams got on with it and as I said we were prepared to go out there and carry on.
‘It is a difficult position for him, I understand that, but he has made the decision and we can’t alter that.’
Skipper Johnnie Jackson wasn’t involved today as he continues his recovery from injury, but the Addicks boss hinted a return could be on the cards for the midweek League Cup trip to Huddersfield.
Powell said: ‘Possibly for Tuesday.
‘He has trained with us now, we will have to wait and see if he comes through the next day or two if he is ready for that game.
‘If not I’m sure he will be ready for the next league game.’
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