ALTHOUGH they would have been happier had the game gone ahead, Rotherham United know the postponement at Meadow Lane on Tuesday gives central defender Ian Sharps extra respite.
Sharps broke his nose last Saturday against Gillingham and it cast some doubt on his availability for Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at Notts County.
According to his manager Steve Evans, his face looked as if “he’d been in a bad accident”. Had he played, then it might just have affected him.
However, the postponement means he has extra time now for swelling and bruising to clear up ahead of Rotherham’s trip to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. Sharps has been in solid form just recently and Rotherham would not want to go in either without him or possibly affected by injury.
Rotherham fans who bought tickets for the second round replay at Meadow Lane can use those original tickets for the rearranged game next Tuesday. If they are unable to, then they can obtain a refund.
Many fans were angry the ‘match off’ decision come as late as 6.15 when many were already there or almost there.
However, Notts say the pitch was covered until Tuesday morning. The ref inspected around 4.30 and declared it playable. Then plummeting temperatures already touching freezing caused the pitch to become frozen and the decision became a formality.