Livingston manager David Martindale has disclosed that he agrees with the decision that was made after two o’clock to call off the game against Aberdeen.
The game was meant to kick off at four o’clock. However, following a pitch inspection the game was cancelled as the Tony Macaroni Arena had a frozen pitch.
Martindale says he can’t fault the referee for coming to the decision that he made. He was still slightly disappointed though, as he had worked on making the pitch playable.
“A wee bit gutted”
“A wee bit gutted to be honest, because we’ve been working on the pitch since yesterday, about 9am yesterday morning, personally myself and wee Derek (White) and a couple of the other boys” he said (BBC Sportsound).
Interestingly, Martindale revealed that Aberdeen were happy to travel down from the north for the game even though there was a danger it could be called off.
“We all muck in together here, but I was in, my eight-year-old daughter was in helping us last night as well, we had contractors until 1:45am this morning, and back in at 7:30am this morning. We kept in contact with Aberdeen, and they were happy to travel knowing the game could be put off” he disclosed.
“I’ve got to agree”
“There’s been a massive improvement on the park. But I think about 5% or 10% the referee felt wasn’t safe, and to be honest, I’ve got to agree with him” Martindale concluded.
There has been no word as yet as to when the game will get replayed. Both teams return to action on Saturday, when Livingston play Hibernian and Aberdeen take on Dundee United.