Portsmouth's postponement contingency plan involving Crewe, Bristol Rovers and Swindon amid Storm Darcy

Kenny Jackett admits Pompey will have to ‘think quickly’ should Saturday's trip to Crewe fall foul of Storm Darcy.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 3:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th February 2021, 4:08 pm
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Graham Hunt

And the boss hasn’t ruled out postponing the Gresty Road clash – along with the Blues' visit to Bristol Rovers next week – by 24 hours if it’s possible and all parties agree.

Should they need to rearrange the Crewe fixture, Pompey have only three Tuesdays available in their diary.

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However, Jackett would be prepared to move the game to Sunday when the temperature is expected to pick up.

Then he’d hope Tuesday night’s opponents Bristol Rovers would be willing to switch the Memorial Stadium encounter to Wednesday.

That would be made more possible if the Gas’ short jaunt to Swindon this weekend is also pushed back a day.

Jackett said: ‘Right around the country, there is a freeze that may change at the back end of the weekend.

‘We are in the lap of the gods with that. We’ll see what the weather brings because the forecast isn’t too good then see with Crewe and the referee.

‘We have been there with games called off at Accrington and Charlton recently. We will be ready and will be disappointed if the game is off, but I’m sure the people concerned will make the right decisions for the safety of the players.

‘I haven’t spoken to anyone in Crewe but both offices have been in touch about the situation and will continue to be in touch over the next 48 hours.

‘There is nothing mentioned yet but when you’re talking those types of terms (moving the game to Sunday and the Bristol Rovers clash to Wednesday) then you have to be thinking like that because there are not many free weeks left.

‘If there is a freeze right across the country, a lot of clubs will be in the same situation. I am sure we will have to think quickly, think on our feet.

‘The Charlton game was called off on the Saturday and played on the Tuesday. It gave the ground staff the right time to work on the pitch and make it better.

‘We have to think quickly and making sure we do that if the game is called off is paramount because we don’t want a backlog of fixtures.’

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