It was a mad day of Championship football, with a match being abandoned at half time to a team travelling to an away match without their kits, I am going to have a look at the talking points from yesterdays matches in the second highest league in England.
I will start at the aptly name Valley, and that is what the pitch looked like when Charlton took on Doncaster yesterday afternoon. The match went ahead, and Doncaster took the lead after just 2 minutes with a Paul Keegan header to end their first attack of the game.
They later got their second when Chris Brown found the net on the 17th minute, and 5 minutes later, his second. Doncaster were 3-0 up and cruising, until referee Lee Collins suspended play on the 26th minute as the conditions had deteriorated. It was however the away team that helped to clear to pitch of the water, as the home team were happy to abandon the game and reply it at a later date due to being 3-0 down.
Doncaster’s players picked up brush and pitchfork to clear the water, and play restarted after a half an hour break. Charlton pulled one back through Simon Church on the 36th minute, and Keegan was dismissed by the referee for a second bookable offence just before the break, but at half time the referee decided that the pitch was unsafe and abandoned play.
Doncaster manager Paul Dickov was understandably upset that the match was abandoned, describing the way at which it was decided as shambolic.
However, as a referee myself, I feel that Lee Collins made the right decision as he has a duty of care to the players and their welfare and safety has to come first. The ball was getting stuck in the water and not travelling truly so the decision to abandon the match was the correct one.
Keegan will still have to serve the 3 match ban for receiving the red card, despite the match having to be replayed and thus his goal not standing.
No new date has been decided for when the match will be replayed.
Now to Hillsborough where Sheffield Wednesday played host to Millwall. And what hosts they where, they even lent Millwall there away kit – because the kitman had forgotten to bring it! Millwall kicked off the first half in all yellow, and took the lead after 5 minutes, Kamil Zayette seemed to forget that he was playing at home and put through his own net. It was all square again 2 minutes later thanks to a Reda Johnson strike but Millwall took the lead again when Jeda Helan struck home a nice 20 yard shot after 21 minutes.
By half time, Millwall had managed to get their third kit down from the Den and the team turned out for the second half in an orange kit. They looked to have secured the 3 points until the 87th minute, when Helan was penalized for bringing down Richard Chaplow, and Andy Keogh slotted home and shared the spoils.
An embarrassing day for Adrian Wisson, the Millwall kit manager, but in the end a fair result as both teams took a point.