Angry Brentford FC boss Andy Scott says the pitch at Sincil Bank was so dangerous that Saturday’s game against Lincoln should never have gone ahead.
He reckons the surface was too frozen for the game to be played safely, and it only kicked off after prompting from the Lincoln chief executive.
And Scott insists the fact that the game was called off two hours before kick-off, before getting a reprieve, backs up his view.
He said: “The game shouldn’t have gone ahead, the pitch was atrocious. It was called off at 1pm, and then they moved this 20x20 sheet with a huge hairdryer a few yards away.
“The ref said it was 50-50, and then the Lincoln chief executive starts sticking his key in the pitch and saying it was alright. I think he though he was Geoffrey Boycott.
“This is the same guy who has been on their website all week saying the game will go ahead and urging fans to come down and see their two new strikers.
“I’m not sure exactly when a key became the official indication of how fit a pitch is to play on. The last time I checked, players don’t have keys on the bottom of their boots.
“Miraculously, the pitch had thawed out in half-an-hour. I think the ref got dominated.”
In the event, Brentford drew 2-2, thanks to superb goal from Marcus Bean and Dean Bowditch, but should have won but for Charlie MacDonald missing an open goal when they were 2-1 up.
However, Scott added that neither manager really wanted to play the game. He added: “With the pitch the way it was, I was just happy to come through the game without any injuries. Credit to both teams for the way they coped. Bearing the conditions in mind, it will go down as a good point.”