Manager's view: Ross reacts to abandoned game

Referee Oliver Langford made the correct call by abandoning Sunderland’s game at Accrington Stanley, according to Jack Ross.

Torrential rain ahead of kick-off put the game in doubt, but the action went ahead after the weather eased. 

However, the rain returned with a vengeance during the second period, and the officials were left with little option other than to abandon the game with 72 minutes played.

Speaking to, Ross agreed it was the right call.

“When the game is level it makes it an easier decision, not just for the match official but for everyone,” said the boss.

“I had my concerns about the game starting and the conditions have worsened to the extent that you can see now, and you can’t play on that.”

He added: “There does become an element of farce about it, so I have no issues with the decision.

“Because of how the pitch was prior to kick-off, you knew that any sustained heavy rain was going to sit on top of it, particularly on this side.

“I think Aiden had one in the corner where he said the pitch tackled him, because suddenly the ball was 10 yards behind him.

“I thought the match official did as much as he could in difficult circumstances, as it was not easy for him.”




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