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The right call

18 December 2013

 

Stuart Gray concurred completely with the decision of referee Keith Stroud to abandon the game between Wednesday and Wigan at Hillsborough.

 

With the rain teeming down, the match was called off on the hour and Wigan had more reason to object given their 1-0 advantage.

 

But with the protection of the players paramount, Stroud called time and Gray agreed, saying:

 

“It was the right decision, without a doubt. You have to think of the players and you can’t risk anything happening because of the weather.

 

“It was absolutely torrential and that was just standing on the sidelines.

 

“The referee came over to myself and Uwe Rosler and said he would give it about five more minutes to see if the conditions improve but if anything they only got worse.

 

“You can see why the referee made that call and gave it a few more minutes, he doesn’t want to stop the entertainment and it’s especially bad for the supporters who have travelled.

 

“But weather like that is out of anyone’s hands and the sensible thing to do was abandon the match.”

 

On the 59 minutes that were played, Gray acceded to the fact that Wigan were the better side, although the Owls did show more gumption after the break.

 

He said: “You could say it’s a Get Out of Jail card for us because Wigan bossed us and bullied us in the first half.

 

“They adapted better to the conditions and we were very disappointing. I was very disappointed with the players and we had words at half time.

 

“I made a bold decision to bring two substitutes on in Jermaine and Atdhe and we were much sharper and livelier after the break.

 

“Where that would have taken us we don’t know but we will get another chance at the game and that has to be seen as a positive.”


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