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Frustration for Coley

9 December 2017

John Coleman says he and his squad have been left frustrated following today's postponement.

Referee David Webb decided that the frozen Wham Stadium pitch was unsafe for play ahead of Stanley's clash with Swindon Town.

Following last week's FA Cup free weekend, Stanley will have gone three weeks without playing a league fixture by the time they travel to Lincoln next Saturday.

"You've got to go with the referee's decision haven't you? His decision is final," said Coleman.

"It's just a bit of a blow because you get a phone call this morning saying it's ok. So you get here you're ready to go, the lads are full of beans and building themselves up. But I'm sure that it isn't a decision that the referee would take lightly.

"It's frustrating because it now means we will have gone a long time without a game of league football and we could conceivably drop out of the top three today, without being able to do anything about it, under circumstances out of our control."

Despite Coleman's frustration he admitted he could empathise with the decision that the referee was forced into making shortly after midday.

"There are parts of the pitch that are quite hard," he added. "I can understand his thinking and we have to abide by that decision because it could be a danger to ours and Swindon's players.

"We will try to restructure our week and get some fitness into the lads and make sure we are ready to go again at Lincoln next week."

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