Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland abandoned after 72 minutes due to wet weather

Accrington Stanley’s home match against Sunderland was abandoned in the 72nd minute because of a waterlogged pitch.

There was heavy rain throughout a miserable afternoon in East Lancashire, leaving the Wham stadium pitch sodden.

Referee Oliver Langford eventually decided it was not safe to continue, calling it off with under 20 minutes to play.

The score was 1-1 in front of a record crowd of 5,257. The League One match will have to be replayed.

Sunderland boss Jack Ross and Stanley manager John Coleman agreed it was the correct decision.

Ross said: “With the game level, it makes the decision easier. The conditions were worsening and the game was becoming farcical and you don’t want it costing you.”

The match between Accrington Stanley and Sunderland was abandoned due to wet weather
There were concerns over players’ safety

Coleman added: “Either team could have won that game on a farcical incident.”

It had been suggested before kick-off that the match may not go ahead due to the inclement weather.

Chris Maguire opened the scoring for the Black Cats in the 63rd minute, with Conor Hall equalising soon after.

Chris Maguire put Sunderland ahead

But the contest had turned into a farce, with large puddles covering sections of the pitch.

Sunderland are now seven points behind league leaders Portsmouth but have a game in hand.

On Twitter, fans at the game described the conditions as “farcical”.

Lots of others were solely interested in how it affected their accumulator bets.

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