Whittingham: No complaints

Joe Devera gets caught up in the conditions at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler
Joe Devera gets caught up in the conditions at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler
Oldham's Kean Bryan delivers a cross against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

Oldham boss: Conditions were farcical against Pompey

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Guy Whittingham had no complaints after the referee abandoned Pompey’s rain-soaked clash with Wycombe last night.

The two sides reached half-time locked at 1-1, after Billy Knott’s opener for Wycombe was cancelled out by Patrick Agyemang just before the break.

But amid storm conditions, referee Lee Collins made the call to halt proceedings at half-time – a decision few could dispute.

Whittingham said: ‘It was unbelievable out there.

‘The referee came to us in the first half when there was thunder and lightning around.

‘He asked if we had any concerns but both managers wanted to keep playing.

‘At the time we were happy to let it go and hope it improved.

‘But then at half-time, he had no choice. There were a few tackles with people sliding in and the ball was stopping in places so there could only be one decision.

‘It’s nobody’s fault. Now we just have to get on with it and prepare for Torquay.’

Whittingham, however, was unhappy that key defender Sonny Bradley appears to be ruled out of the Torquay trip after picking up a fifth booking of the season.

The Blues boss said: ‘We asked the referee at half-time and he wasn’t sure if the yellow card would still count.

‘It would be a blow to lose him. The goals don’t count for the goalscorers so it should be the same for everyone.

‘We’re expecting it to count but we will find out for sure in due course.‘