It never rains but it pours for Brown
SOUTHEND boss Phil Brown admits it’s been a weekend to forget for his side after a 600-mile round trip to Bury was abandoned after just six minutes.
Heavy rain in Greater Manchester left many games in the area postponed, but referee Tony Harrington decided to give it a go at the JD Stadium.
However, a downpour fell shortly before kick-off resulting in large puddles of water appearing on the surface, and just six minutes of action followed before the players were hauled off.
But Shrimpers boss Phil Brown fully agreed with the decision to call the game off, as well as revealing some more trials and tribulations endured by the squad over the weekend.
“The weather was monsoon like and the rain is still coming down so it was the right decision,” said Brown.
“The pitch was playable 20 minutes before we started but I’m disappointed for the fans because they spend their lives supporting this football club. It’s a long way for them to come and I hope they understand when I say it was a good call for us, because we had four players out.
“From 9am yesterday morning it has been an absolute disaster.
“Barry Corr was involved in a four-car pile-up on A127, I was worried about whiplash and him being injured for the game. He didn’t come with us on the coach in the end.
“Then on the way to the game, the coach breaks down! I’m sat there looking up thinking ‘What’s going on here – something is hanging over me’, and it’s continued five minutes into the game.”
Bury remain four points above the Shrimpers and the teams will discuss a possible date to play the rearranged fixture on Monday.
Bury manager David Flitcroft said: “It’s one of those things – but the football club has acted in a professional manner.
“And well done to the referee for making a brave and correct decision – one million per cent.”
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