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LW: We have to trust the ref

27 August 2016

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TOWN Head Coach, Luke Williams spoke to the media after the home game with Bristol Rovers was abandoned with 60 minutes played.

On the abandonment...
Both sets of staff and players wanted to play the game, which is complete normal. We don't think about the risks etc. - that's why there is a ref there who is more able to take into consideration the safety aspect so we need to trust him to make that big call. We're all very disappointed not to finish the game but that's why they're in that job to be level-headed and make the big decisions.

On the reasons given for the abandonment...
His main concern was that we may be making the players vulnerable to injury because of the surface water and players not being able to stop if they go to ground as well as the ball not (able to) run truly so players could be put in a compromising position. Both sets of staff and players are happy to play but we can't be left to make the decision for ourselves. We have to prepare for the re-arranged fixture.

On the 60 minutes played...
I was pleased of course. When you're there and your team are creating chances and not putting them in the back of the net you get the feeling the game will kick you in the teeth when you're doing well. Overall, we're very pleased but we need to put the ball in the back of the net. This is about the whole team - when your chance arrives, whoever gets there it's just that moment of calmness. Let's not pretend it's easy. It's the hardest thing in football. Sometimes you do everything right and the 'keeper matches your attempt with a save or the defender makes a block but ultimately you need something to fall however it goes.

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