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Charlton boss Karl Robinson 'fuming' at Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston

Charlton boss Karl Robinson
Charlton boss Karl Robinson

Charlton Athletic boss Karl Robinson has hit out at Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston following the postponement of today's match.

Following heavy rainfall overnight, referee Carl Boyeson carried out two pitch inspections on the Bloomfield Road surface and deemed it unplayable just after 2pm.

It was claimed Karl Oyston said Charlton, who were looking for their fourth successive win, wanted the game postponed.

“We’re fuming," Robinson said. "We’ve heard reports from certain idiots that we didn’t want this game on.

“We asked to play 4pm, 5pm and then 1pm on Sunday.

“So if their chairman wants to say we didn’t want to play, we need to have a conversation me and him because we wanted to play.

Karl Robinson joins Gary Bowyer in laying a wreath in front of the Armfield Stand

Karl Robinson joins Gary Bowyer in laying a wreath in front of the Armfield Stand

“I’m not having that about my players because we were here and ready to play. Blackpool were ready to play.

“So the referee made a decision for the safety of the players but I think you saw my reaction walking back into the dressing room when I was told it was off.

“We’re both not happy. We were in great form and came here full of expectation and full of hope.

“Unfortunately we’ve not been able to play and that’s disappointing, but it is what it is. We come back here next time and we go again.

“It was really wet at about 12.30pm but it did clear up a little bit. The forecast was for the wind to pick up a bit and this pitch generally does drain.

“There’s not too much wrong with it. There’s still three or four areas of the pitch (that are wet) but the groundsman has worked ever so hard to try and get it on.

“We thank the supporters for coming down and supporting us. Through no fault of our own we can’t carry our performances on.

“We’ve got a few free weeks coming up so we’ll play whenever they want to play it. You can see we’re in a good frame of mind and we want to play football.”

After the game was called off, Robinson took his Charlton squad to the Jimmy Armfield statue to pay their respects to the former Blackpool legend.

Robinson also joined Gary Bowyer in laying a wreath in front of the Armfield Stand.