A HANDY cash bonus for Rotherham United could be the silver lining after last night’s late postponement of the FA Cup replay at Notts County.
The second round meeting has been scheduled for next Tuesday and with no major fixtures that evening and no TV match scheduled, it could prompt companies to swing their cameras towards Meadow Lane.
If a decision was taken to televise the Millers’ visit next week then both clubs would pick up a handy five figure fee and it would be some compenasation for last night’s frustration. The game was called off at around 6.15pm - it is the second time this season that Rotherham have had a match postponed within sight of kick off.
Torrential rain at Accrington led to the League Two game there in October being called off less than an hour before kick off. Millers manager Steve Evans said they had an inkling things might by iffy when the team’s kit was delivered to the ground shortly after 4pm. “Andy Dibble (goalkeeping coach) went down as well with the kit and he reported then that he had doubts over parts of the pitch,” said Evans.
“The referee, Darren Deadman, later said he wanted both managers with him when he made the decision. We knew what was coming and he said it was down to player safety particularly with regards to the 25 yards in front of the Main Stand. It was solid in places and was obviously dangerous so he was 100 per cent right.
“The question we can ask is could it have been made earlier to help our fans in view of the fact the temperatures were only going to go down.
“They spend their hard earned money to follow us and they had travelled from Rotherham and a lot were already here; it’s a shame for them.”
The Rotherham players wandered out but they knew immediately there was no chance of the tie going ahead.
“I had experienced players looking at me quizzically because they knew it was dodgy and, really, there was no other decision the ref could take,” added Evans. The new date means Rotherham will have three away games next week.