Travel-sick Iron rule out swift return

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Pompey fell flat against Blackpool. Picture: Joe Pepler

Gaffer: Pompey were terrible, an absolute shambles

Scunthorpe have revealed they turned down the chance of rearranging their Pompey clash for tonight.

The Iron claim they were asked by the Blues to return to Fratton Park within days of the Championship fixture being cancelled on Saturday morning.

After that postponement, it took them a nightmare 17 hours to travel the 250 miles back to Scunthorpe.

The team bus finally rolled into Glanford Park just before 3am on Sunday morning.

And it's on that basis that manager Ian Baraclough felt compelled to rule out a swift return.

He said: 'By 4.30pm on that Saturday we were still stuck on the A34 near Newbury.

'It had taken us six-and-a-half hours just to do the first 60 miles on our journey back.

'We were getting reports that the roads ahead might well be blocked. We did finally get stuck just south of Oxford.

'We were quite lucky because of the facilities we have on board. We have a toilet and a microwave on the coach.

'People in the cars that were stuck around us were not quite so lucky. Some of them had young children and babies with them.

'On Sunday morning we were contacted by Portsmouth to see if we would travel back down for a re-arranged game tonight.

'We said no!'