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Appleton: Player and Fan safety is paramount

26 October 2019

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Michael Appleton admits that he is disappointed that today’s game has been postponed, but reiterated and understood the importance of player and fan safety being the priority.

City’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Bolton Wanderers was postponed today due to flooding of the pitch and surrounding areas.

While Appleton is disappointed that his side wouldn’t get the opportunity to play in front of a big crowd at Sincil Bank today, he understands the importance of the safety of players, home supporters and travelling Bolton fans.

“Safety is paramount,” he said. “The powers that be have to take player and fan safety into consideration.

“It’s disappointing not to be able play the game but we have to take into account of everybody’s safety.”

The postponement does give the Imps further recovery time ahead of the next league game, which will be the trip to AFC Wimbledon next Saturday, but Appleton also admitted his squad was looking sharp despite the late return from Fratton Park in the week.

“We didn’t get back from Portsmouth until three or four (AM) on Wednesday morning, so the recovery time has been limited.

“The players had been in a good place and were looking forward to the game.

“Unfortunately the elements have let us down, but it gives us a week now to get fully prepared for the Wimbledon game.”

Appleton also revealed how the postponement will cause a slight alteration to preparations ahead of the trip to AFC Wimbledon.

“It affects Monday’s session. Normally for the lads that have played, it’s almost like a second day recovery, whereas this week will be working harder Monday and Tuesday and taper the load down later in the week.”

The Imps’ next home game will be against Rotherham United in the Trophy. Tickets are on sale from 7pm on Sunday evening here.

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