Latics boss agrees with referee following Forest Green abandonment

Date published: 04 January 2021

Latics boss Harry Kewell had no complaints after the team's match at League Two high-fliers Forest Green on Saturday was abandoned in the 59th minute.

With the scores level at 1-1, referee Robert Lewis called a halt to proceedings at the New Lawn as snow and fog continued to descend on the Gloucestershire stadium.

“The ref had to take into consideration the weather, the elements, and I think he made the right decision," said Kewell.

“The most important thing is the players’ safety and their health.

“In the first half we weren’t really at it and made them look really good.

"There was nothing in that first 40 minutes for me and I was kind of hoping the fog was going to come in.

“It was good to get a little glimpse of what they are capable of doing.

"I think that was one of their best performances and definitely one of our worst and so we can only play better, so I’m looking forward to the challenge (the rearranged fixture).”

The fixture will be rearranged shortly.

Mark Cooper's side had taken the lead through a deflected Nicky Cadden strike, but Latics evened it up in first-half stoppage time through Zak Dearnley.

Latics are next in action on Saturday when they host Championship big guns Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round.

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