Date: 8th October 2015 at 10:35am
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Barnsley Chief Executive Ben Mansford had absolutely no criticism towards Bradford following the late postponement of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie on Tuesday.

Mansford Talks JPT Postponement – Click Here

He agreed it was ‘a no-brainer’ this second round tie at Valley Parade couldn’t go ahead with him saying there ‘was too much rain coming down’ with him voicing his concern to some in the lounges at Bradford when the rain started pouring down, which he said the he didn’t think ‘any pitch’ could have stood up to it and any ‘drainage system would have struggled’ to cope with.

The postponement was definitely ‘the right call’ with no other option.

Mansford did credit Bradford for ‘issuing vouchers’ and doing this so quickly so those who attended can attend when this is rescheduled without a second payment with him feeling that most, if not all, of the 300 plus Barnsley fans that made the trip would have ‘understood postponement’ with few having been able to foresee this head of the torrential downpour.

The chief exec was the one speaking to the media as Lee Johnson didn’t hang around, his mind had already turned to Bury at the weekend and he was on his way back preparing for the weekend fixture!

Even though both sides had international call ups, and were light, Mansford also said both wanted this played, but ‘player safety’ and the safety of those ‘around ground’ was paramount with a new date to be fixed ASAP. Next week could be possible but if not it’s looking like the Reds could end up ‘a round behind’ with November looking the next available window?

Mansford finished by praising the ‘remarkable Barnsley fans’, thanking for coming thanks and for being tolerant, as well as the support previously and this ongoing, which it will be!

UPDATE – A new date has been set, and this will be on Tuesday 13th October with a 7:45pm kick-off.

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