Hartlepool Utd boss: Portsmouth postponement was right decision

Pools  manager John Hughes. Picture by FRANK REID
Pools manager John Hughes. Picture by FRANK REID

JOHN Hughes had no complaints over Saturday’s postponement of the home fixture with Portsmouth.

Referee Darren Bond took the decision at 9am on the morning of the game to admit defeat in the bid to beat the weather.

Torrential rainfall had left Victoria Park in a sodden state and it was deemed that, with further downpours expected, the pitch would remain unplayable.

And Hughes told SportMail: “It was a very good decision, I had no complaints at all.

“The groundsmen had worked hard knowing what was coming in terms of the weather.

“We were desperate to get the game on but it was right to make the early call.

“I hope it was done in enough time for fans travelling up to the game from Portsmouth.

“I appreciate this is a difficult time of year what with finances and other commitments so I feel for the supporters.”

Pools instead trained at Durham on their artificial surface and will do so again today in preparation for the Boxing Day trip to Carlisle United.

And Hughes has revealed that it will be up to the players as to whether they train on Christmas Day.

“We want to be in the right frame of mind for the game and that normally comes from spending time with your family,” he said.

“But with that comes a responsibility that they will eat the right things and get the right amount of rest.

“It would be nice to have the day off but we’ve always got to think of what is best in terms of physical preparation.

“Sometimes you have to give the players the responsibility to make these sorts of decisions and I will do that.”