Rovers v Watford - Postponed

Ian

Super White!
Admin
Joined
21 Sep 2005
Messages
7,590
Fav Player
Aldo
I went to the pre-season friendly in august v Walsall and they had to stop the game to try and get rid of the water then
Yeah, forgotten about that. Warning signs were there after the pitch had just been relayed and there was a lot of surface water in the corner of the kop/jk stand. I think it had only rained for a day! :oops:
 
Joined
1 Oct 2005
Messages
3,553
Fav Player
Alan King, Barry Dyson
Relaying the pitch without tackling the drainage issues would be an expensive stop gap. And any unplanned relaying of the pitch would eat up most of the money from our cup run and leave very little for team strengthening. Bad news in every way. :(
 
Last edited:

bigmart

bigmart
Member
Joined
29 Jul 2009
Messages
2,349
Fav Player
Ian Muir
Relaying the pitch without tackling the drainage issues would be an expensive stop gap. And any unplanned relaying of the pitch would eat up most of the money from our cup run and leave very little for team strengthening. Bad news in every way. ;(
I'm not sure we have much money left for the squad unless we get rid of some and or best watford
 
Joined
24 Jul 2017
Messages
2,222
Fav Player
aldo
mm has said he needs to shift players out but who is gonna want them some of them are out injured more than they play . think a few loans will happen in and out . but if the pitch keeps getting worse its only gonna mean games not getting played at pp and that,s going to be a massive issue
 

ADD

Member
Joined
2 Jun 2018
Messages
384
Fav Player
Norwood
returfing would be an expensive stop gap - the issue is drainage which has obviously completely failed...
 
Joined
18 May 2012
Messages
401
Fav Player
ian goodison
good luck trying to shift some of the squad to be honest as AM says half are injured and half are not good enough
 
Joined
15 Mar 2010
Messages
7,372
Fav Player
Jason Koumas / John Morrissey
We are heading for a 10,000 gate, as pre-sales are now above 9,000. An excellent turnout considering Watford's squad players are not the biggest draw.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ian
Joined
15 Mar 2010
Messages
7,372
Fav Player
Jason Koumas / John Morrissey
This game is obviously still in serious doubt, given the heavy rain that is forecast for tomorrow afternoon. However, on the assumption that it goes ahead, we could have a few selection dilemmas due to the new crop of injuries.

I would start with the following team.

Chapman
Caprice Clarke Monthe Ridehalgh (if fit enough)
Morris Danns Perkins CBT (if fit enough)
Jennings (if fit)
Ferrier

Watford are likely to start with an even weaker side than in the original tie, given that they played yesterday. All the more incentive for us to get the game on.

Hopefully it will be a great night for Rovers.
 

Ian

Super White!
Admin
Joined
21 Sep 2005
Messages
7,590
Fav Player
Aldo
Fingers crossed its on!
 

Sparky

Member
Joined
8 Sep 2009
Messages
2,499
Fav Player
Chris Greenacre
It will be interesting when they make the decision as the worse of the weather is due mid late afternoon when Watford fans and players would have left
 

ADD

Member
Joined
2 Jun 2018
Messages
384
Fav Player
Norwood
This game is obviously still in serious doubt, given the heavy rain that is forecast for tomorrow afternoon. However, on the assumption that it goes ahead, we could have a few selection dilemmas due to the new crop of injuries.

I would start with the following team.

Chapman
Caprice Clarke Monthe Ridehalgh (if fit enough)
Morris Danns Perkins CBT (if fit enough)
Jennings (if fit)
Ferrier

Watford are likely to start with an even weaker side than in the original tie, given that they played yesterday. All the more incentive for us to get the game on.

Hopefully it will be a great night for Rovers.
Would not disagree too much with that - there is an argument for not extending Chapman again to save a bit of cash and I would also have Woodyard starting in place of Perkins probably. or else have CBT on bench for the second half...
 

Boz

Member
Joined
30 Sep 2005
Messages
5,543
Fav Player
Iain Hume
ADD, Woodyard is cup-tied and unavailable for this game.

No strong views about the line-up in general. If Connor is unfit, need to play someone up front with Ferrier or CBT, if his fitness sufficient to ensure Morgan not left isolated.
 

ONIGP

Member
Joined
28 Feb 2018
Messages
500
Fav Player
Eddie Bishop
If it's on and the pitch is particularly heavy I would be considering this with my team selection. I wonder if MM takes the same view. If he does, a workhorse like Mullin may get a rare start.
 

ADD

Member
Joined
2 Jun 2018
Messages
384
Fav Player
Norwood
ADD, Woodyard is cup-tied and unavailable for this game.

No strong views about the line-up in general. If Connor is unfit, need to play someone up front with Ferrier or CBT, if his fitness sufficient to ensure Morgan not left isolated.
Of course he is cup tied - sorry a senior comment!!
 

Sparky

Member
Joined
8 Sep 2009
Messages
2,499
Fav Player
Chris Greenacre
All quiet at the moment so I’m guessing it depends on the heavy rain due this afternoon.

it’s a dilemma. We want the game to go ahead but if the pitch was ruined, we’ve got another big game at PP this Saturday
 

Sparky

Member
Joined
8 Sep 2009
Messages
2,499
Fav Player
Chris Greenacre
Pitch is still completed covered up with air blowing underneath the covers... tv crews are there setting up so looks like going ahead at this point
 

Ian

Super White!
Admin
Joined
21 Sep 2005
Messages
7,590
Fav Player
Aldo
Pitch inspection at six. Not great for the traveling fans so let's hope the games on!
 
Joined
16 Dec 2018
Messages
93
Fav Player
Norwood
Pitch is still completed covered up with air blowing underneath the covers... tv crews are there setting up so looks like going ahead at this point
I wonder why they left it until last night to cover the pitch and use the blown air? They presumably could have had it running all weekend..
 
Top