Pitch problems hit Latics

The Premier League clash between Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa has been postponed after the undersoil heating at the DW Stadium failed on Friday evening.

The game had seemed set to be one of only three English top-flight fixtures to beat the freeze and take place on Saturday, but a morning pitch inspection by referee Stuart Attwell saw the pitch deemed unfit for action.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez told the club's official website:"We are devastated because the club has worked so hard in these freak weather conditions to make the area surrounding the stadium safe.

"The pitch has never been the problem, until now.

"I have to congratulate our safety team at the stadium who have worked tirelessly to try and clear the area of ice and snow over the past few days.

"Our groundstaff have also spent several nights at the stadium making the sure the pitch remained playable."

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