Morecambe boss ready to return after midweek call-off
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Referee Craig Hicks decided an area of the playing surface at the Poundland Bescot Stadium was unfit, much to the frustration of both clubs and their respective supporters.
Asked when he feared the game might be in doubt, the Morecambe head coach said: “We saw the rain coming down when we arrived for our pre-match meal and I thought there was a chance then.
“We spoke to a few people and they said it was fine, so we got to the ground and the groundsman said he was happy, we were happy, but the ref called it off.
“Les (Dewhirst, Morecambe’s kit man) had already got everything laid out in the changing room while myself and Mat (Sadler, Walsall boss) were on the pitch.
“The area in question was part of the goal on the right-hand side was wet; the groundsman said he could have rolled it but it happens in football.
“The only problem is it means, with the new date (February 20), we have a lot of games coming up and it’ll be the third away game on the bounce after Tranmere (February 13) and AFC Wimbledon (February 17).
“Ours wasn’t the only game called off on the night and the weather has been horrendous to be fair.
“Our pitch is fine for Saturday so, hopefully, we can back up the win we had at Crawley.”
While the 25-year-old’s spectacular winner took centre stage, Brannan was happier with his first and the way Garner beat his marker to convert David Tutonda’s cross.
He said: “I was more pleased with the first than the second because of the way he finished it, it was a great finish.
“We know he’s got that finish and that movement in his locker so hopefully he can use that momentum.”