0 Bristol City manager admits "shock" at Watford call-off

Bristol City boss Derek McInnes expressed shock at the ferocity of the downpour that caused the Boxing Day clash with Watford to be called off.

Fans were already inside Ashton Gate when the Championship fixture was postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch.

Having initially delayed kick-off by 15 minutes to allow time for conditions to ease, referee Michael Naylor took the decision to call the game off at 3.10pm. And McInnes admitted the speed of events took him by surprise.

He revealed: "The first I was aware of a problem was when the players started coming in from the warm-up.

"The referee asked to speak with me at about ten to three and said he was going to delay the kick-off, because he felt there was a real concern.

"He felt that, given the amount of rain that had fallen in the previous hour, there were three or four areas of the pitch which were causing concern.

"He wanted to give the pitch every chance and felt it was better to delay the game than start.

"We asked for a delay until 4pm to give the pitch every chance but, when we went back out there, it was torrential rain again.

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