Date: 2nd January 2010 at 6:16pm
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City’s 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon, coupled with Charlton’s game at Walsall being postponed has lifted the Canaries into the automatic promotion places for the first time this season.

Korey Smith grabbed the only goal of the game – his third of the season – with thirteen minutes to play sending 2,200 City supporters wild at Adams Park.

Meanwhile the elements once again got the better of the pitch at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium, but Saddlers boss Chris Hutchings was slightly more understanding than on Monday.

‘The referee was concerned about the bottom end of the pitch, in front of the away end,’ he told Walsall’s official website. That being the same end of the pitch that caused Mr Hayward so many problems on Monday afternoon, of course.

‘The ground staff, including the Chairman, had been working on the pitch since the early hours of the morning and when the referee did his initial inspection at 9.30am, he agreed to give it a couple more hours.

‘Whilst the majority of the pitch was thawing out and playable, there were still certain areas giving the referee concern and after careful consideration he decided to call the game off at 12.35pm.

‘The referee wanted to play the game as did Charlton and ourselves but in the end we were beaten by the elements once again.

‘It’s extremely frustrating as so much hard work has gone into trying to get this game on, but we have to abide by the referee’s decision as player safety has to be the paramount concern.’

Same pitch, same area of concern, same end result but completely different reaction. Don’t you just love football?

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