DEARDEN AND COLEMAN REACTION
quote from John Coleman, Accrington manager:
Stanley's match against Mansfield on Saturday was postponed at half-time with the scores level at 1-1 due to a waterlogged pitch, and Coleman believes it was the correct move.
He said: "I agree with the referee - it was a fair decision. The importance of three points shouldn't be based on a lottery and I have to respect the referee's decision."
CHAD: Stags boss Dearden confirmed after the game that, as far as he is concerned, skipper Richie Barker is still a Mansfield Town player, despite transfer rumours, and he expected him in tomorrow to prepare for the Hartlepool game.
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Afterwards, Dearden said: "I was probably the right decision but I am disappointed. We just have to take it on the chin and prepare for Monday.
"In my opinion the game should never have started. I told the referee at 10 to three that the pitch was not playable as the ball was not rolling.
"It would have been better to call it off then rather than play the first half and then call it off.
"Some of my lads had never played in conditions like that before. It was like it used to be when I was playing back in the Seventies.
"We found it very difficult for the first 20 minutes but then I thought we were adapting well and I think if we had played the second half we might have done something as it was uphill and a bit dryer up the top end.
"Our equaliser was certainly down to the conditions though Micky was doing his job as I told him to chase everything down.
"But we just have to empty our wellies out now and go home and we will train tomorrow to prepare for Hartlepool.
"I feel very disappointed for the people who travelled all the way up here as we had a good following here today."
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