Alan Stubbs: Morton-Hibs postponement was right call

The pitch at Cappielow was playable, but flooding in Greenock meant fan safety could not be guaranteed. Pic: SNS
The pitch at Cappielow was playable, but flooding in Greenock meant fan safety could not be guaranteed. Pic: SNS
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Alan Stubbs today insisted the right decision had been made in calling off Hibs’ match against Morton, even though the Cappielow pitch had been declared playable.

The Edinburgh club’s coach was en route to Greenock and had just picked up the Glasgow-based players when they heard of the postponement – only 90 minutes after a pitch inspection had given the game the green light.

However, police decided conditions on local roads caused by heavy rain were causing concern for public safety, with a question over whether 
supporters would actually be able to reach the ground.

A statement from Morton said: “Despite the pitch passing an earlier inspection, the weather caused serious problems on local roads that gave concern for fans being able to reach the stadium safely.

“With the heavy rain due to 
continue through the afternoon and a number of local roads becoming impassable, there was no option but to postpone the match on safety grounds.”

But, despite the disappointment, head coach Stubbs agreed the safety of more than 1000 travelling fans – and those of Morton – was of overriding importance.

He said: “Once we were told the pitch was playable we were up for the game. We were ready to play even with the 
conditions.

“There’s a frustration 
when the pitch is playable 
but the most important thing is the safety of our fans, that was the biggest concern. We had more than 1000 travelling in