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Sympathy for the supporters

9 January 2016

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Paul Lambert has expressed his sympathy for the supporters after Rovers’ FA Cup third round tie away to Newport County was postponed.

The game at Rodney Parade was called off an hour before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Having also lost the Boxing Day clash with Middlesbrough at Ewood Park, the manager was doubly disappointed to see another game fall foul to the weather.

“This one is probably the biggest disappointment, because we’ve travelled a long way and the supporters have travelled a long way, so I’m disappointed for them,” said the boss.

“Water is lying on the pitch, so the ball is not going to roll and it’s dangerous for everybody concerned.

“I never thought anything of it when I first arrived. We got up this morning and had a walk and it was pretty pleasant, so I never expected the pitch to be like it is.

“It’s nobody’s fault, nature has taken its course, so we’ll have to come back down in a week or so.

“The referee has a big decision to make and he’s called it the way he sees it. I understand it, but I’m disappointed it’s off.

“John (Sheridan) and I wanted the game to be played, for all sorts of reasons – it’s a big day, a good crowd and we were looking forward to another game of football, but it’s not going to happen.

“I just feel sorry for the supporters, because they’ve travelled four hours to get here and now they’re out of pocket.”

A new date for the cup clash will be confirmed in due course.

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