BARNSLEY GAME OFF

A frozen goalmouth at the Pontefract Road end of Oakwell calls time on the Championship tie between Barnsley and Birmingham City
A frozen goalmouth at the Pontefract Road end of Oakwell calls time on the Championship tie between Barnsley and Birmingham City
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barnsley boss Keith Hill backed referee Carl Boyeson’s decision to call off today’s home clash with Birmingham City.

The eagerly-anticipated match between the Reds and the Blues was postponed just two hours before kick-off because the Oakwell pitch was frozen in certain areas despite the undersoil heating having been used to try to keep the fixture on.

A club statement said: “Unfortunately the excessive minus temperatures last night has left the pitch slightly hard in some areas.”

Hill said: “I’m not frustrated because the right decision has been made.

“The pitch was not right to play the game on. It’s a difficult call, when’s the right time? When’s the wrong time?

“It was a good opportunity for us, but we’ll take our energy into training and then Burnley.”

As yet as new date has been found for the rearranged fixture, but Barnsley are hoping to announce a new one on Monday.

Barnsley fans have been told to keep their tickets because they will be valid for the rearranged fixture.