Monday inspection for Walsall clash

Walsall were preparing for a morning inspection on Monday to see if there is any chance of Tuesday night's League One game against the Canaries being played.

Walsall are preparing for a morning inspection on Monday to see if there is any chance of Tuesday night's League One game against the Canaries being played.

The original fixture at the Banks's Stadium was controversially postponed one hour before the scheduled kick-off on December 28 because parts of the pitch were still frozen. City boss Paul Lambert said the squad would train as normal but knows a journey to the Midlands may be unnecessary.

“You have to prepare as if it's going to go ahead. It's highly unlikely it will go on - but there are Premier League games getting called off and the country is freezing,” he said.

Walsall chief executive Roy Whalley estimates the big freeze has cost the club �100,000.

Southend called off Saturday's clash with Walsall at Roots Hall, the fourth successive postponement for the Saddlers, who haven't played since December 19 and lost successive home games against Norwich and Charlton

Said Whalley: “Having the two games called off had an effect. We probably lost �100,000 worth of revenue.

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“When the games are rearranged you'll never make that money up, because you won't get the same gates on a Tuesday night in January or February as you would have done over the holiday period.”