Keith Hackett reacts to 'amazing' incident as West Ham lost 2-1 at Manchester City
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Keith Hackett believes that the ground staff at the Etihad Stadium were “amazing” after they managed to keep West Ham v Manchester City on.
Snow fell very heavily in Manchester on Sunday, but Michael Oliver decided to delay the second half for ten minutes so that the staff could clear the pitch [Sky Sports].
This really impressed Hackett, and he was also impressed by Oliver for delaying the start of the game and taking the sensible decision.
If they had started the second half when they were supposed to, the snow could have led to the game being called off, so you can see why Hackett was happy with Oliver.
Speaking exclusively to the West Ham Zone, he said: “Normally, you would just say that you want the lines clearing.
“I just found it amazing that in such a short space of time, the ground staff could do that and achieve that.
“I thought that was sensible refereeing.
“At the end of the day, I just think it [delaying the second half] worked.
“I think it’s a good learning point for other referees.”
The work from the people at the ground really was incredible, and they deserve great credit for getting the game on.
Of course, Oliver deserves huge amounts of credit as well for allowing the staff to do their job, and the second half was much better for all concerned.
Unfortunately, the Irons fell to a narrow defeat, but games like this show just how far they have come as a team, and things just look better and better for the Hammers.
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