Match Reaction From Yesterday's Game

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Last updated : 03 November 2002
The Notts boss told Radio Nottingham:
"It was the right decision, it was raining very very hard and it got worse and worse as the first half went on, and it was the right choice." said Dearden

"It dosen't help us much really, I was happy with the performance and very happy with Heff's goal, and we kept them pretty quiet and were in the driving seat at half time."

"The fans came down a long way, and got behind us saw us playing not too bad after seeing us play just one half, I thought it was right to let them know what was going on, and I was glad to see the players come back and give them fans the ovation they deserved."
Dearden added.

The Robins boss Danny Wilson told Bristol City's club website:
"I've never seen rain like it, our pitch normally soaks up the rain quite well but today there were puddles everywhere and the ref got it dead right."

"You become concerned for the players' safety in those circumstances. At one point their left back (Kevin Nicholson) slid into a tackle and ended up in the dugout with us".
Wilson added.

The Referee, Steve Tomlin gave his view soon after the abandonment:
"It was obvious before kicking off the second half that the conditions had deteriorated and the ball didn't move. Numerous players on both teams were concerned for their own safety and told me so." he said

"We gave it five minutes before the danger of injury to players became paramount - at the stage we abandoned the match with neither captain prepared to continue with the ball not rolling, and both managers were exceptionally professional and I have nothing but praise for them."



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