Sheffield United: Blades clash called off

The Bramall Lane surface.
The Bramall Lane surface.
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Sheffield United’s League One clash with Brentford has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The playing surface at Bramall Lane failed a pitch inspection this afternoon.

It is the second time in 2014 United have been frustrated by the weather following the call off of last month’s match with Peterborough United.

Football League referee Michael Naylor said: “Unfortunately, with the heavy rainfall which is scheduled to last until around 3pm and then the forecasted heavy showers into the evening, we are left with no option but to call the game off now.

“The pitch is probably 90 per cent waterlogged and despite the best efforts of everyone concerned it simply won’t drain in time for kick-off.

“Brentford agreed with the decision and Sheffield United did so reluctantly, but we have a number of considerations to make and the outlook isn’t for the weather to improve sufficiently. We also took advice from the groundsman who knows the playing surface better than anyone and unfortunately we had to admit defeat.

“We have to think about the travelling supporters, both home and away fans, but as a match official, the players’ safety is our paramount concern and with how wet the playing surface is we simply couldn’t put them at risk.”

A new date for the fixture has yet to be announced.