manager's comments after game called off at Adams Park
Following the abandonment of yesterday's match at Wycombe, manager Mark McGhee revealed that it was the health and safety officer who had determined that the game should not continue, due to safety reasons.
“The game was called off by the health and safety officer here at Wycombe Wanderers, not the referee, and we have to trust him in that he was genuine in his interpretation of what was happening.
“Apparently the pylons behind the stand where our supporters were seated have been hit twice. There are cables behind that stand that could come down as well, so it was serious enough for him to take that into consideration and we have to accept that he made that decision in good faith and get on with things.
“That said, obviously the safety of all supporters and players has to be paramount so we have to accept that things like this can happen and we will be back here to play again and have another go."
naturally, it was disappointing, given that his side had established a 3-1 lead at that point and looked to be on course for their first win of the season.
“Of course it’s disappointing but I thought, apart from the disappointment of losing another poor goal, our first half performance was terrific.
“There was energy, movement, passing, incision and three fantastic goals so we have to take that away with us and let that be the thing that builds our confidence.”
Two outstanding first half goals by Eliot Richards will not now count towards his season's tally.
“Eliot will be absolutely gutted as his goals won’t count towards anything. Hopefully, though, it will give him the confidence and belief to know that he can score goals this season. I’ve told him that there is no reason why he can’t finish the campaign as top goalscorer in this squad as he’s as good a finisher as both Matt Harrold and David Clarkson.
"I think Eliot should be absolutely delighted with the goals he scored and obviously it confirms what I've been saying to him and about him. I said last week that I wouldn't be rushing out to bring in another striker before I'd given him his chance and I felt he was ready for that chance."
There were also words of praise for midfielder Wayne Brown, who could now be in line for a new contract following his early season performances.
Brown was only offered a six month deal in the summer, after missing most of the last campaign due to injury.
"I told Wayne that we have had a selection problem in the middle of the park and haven't known whether to play him, Matt Lund, Oliver Norburn, or Seanan Clucas and each time it's been the one who has gone on as substitute who has started the next game and been the best player.
"I said that sequence needed to be broken and that we had to find some sort of consistency that meant when he played again as he did today, he should make sure that his performance meant he played in the next game.
"I thought he was terrific today and I think he has earned himself a longer term deal. I'll be speaking to Wayne this week and I'll be talking to the Chairman and recommending that we sort out that situation"
The manager went across to see his side's supporters as they were leaving Adams Park.
"I was trying to reassure them that the decision to call the game off was genuine and that it was the health and safety officer's decision."
The decision to call the game off means that Rovers still await their first win of the season.
“It might mean that we are eight points adrift of the leaders tonight but it’s a long, long, season and I think we can take confidence from that performance and go on to win more games. Now we will prepare for two more league games at home and we will have to do better in both of those games than we did against Oxford United last Saturday.”
The full interview with Mark McGhee can now be heard on Gas Player