Wasted journey for Reds fans

Chris Powell , referee Ian Williamson and Barnsley boss Danny Wilson leave the pitch after the inspection

Chris Powell , referee Ian Williamson and Barnsley boss Danny Wilson leave the pitch after the inspection

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Spare a thought for Barnsley’s loyal supporters who made the long journey to Charlton today for nothing.

The Reds’ fans had been expecting to watch their side lock horns with the Addicks at The Valley.

But after 1pm pitch inspection referee Ian Williamson judged the waterlogged playing surface to be unplayable and “dangerous”.

However, that will be little consolation to Barnsley’s travelling fans who had made a eight-hour round trip to watch their team in the Championship.

Referee Williamson revealed: “I was here just before midday. I came out to the field of play and I was very concerned straight away.

“You take into account: the fans, viewing the game, whether or not it will be a farce, but mainly it’s player safety.

“I have to decide whether the pitch is playable, and the answer is no.

“If you plant your feet you expect to be able to move them but when you turn they get stuck. And that’s dangerous.”

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson and his players travelled to Charlton on Friday afternoon and made the short journey to the ground from their team hotel this morning.

But after consultation with Williamson, Wilson and Addicks boss Chris Powell were both forced to accept the game would be called off.

It is the third time in eight days that Charlton have postponed a game because of their water-logged pitch, their previous call-off having been on Wednesday when their FA Cup home clash with Oxford United was a victim.

A new date for the fixture has yet to be organised, although it is more than likely to be on a Tuesday evening with most Saturday’s booked up from now until the end of the season.

Reds boss Wilson reflected: “It’s cost the fans a lot of money to come all the way down here. It’s difficult to take.”

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