Following a pitch inspection at The Valley, it has been confirmed that the cup game with Oxford United has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. An Oxford United tweet suggests that it may be held next Wednesday, but I have no confirmation of that.` For those of us who travel some distance, it is better to know in advance, rather than when we have already paid for a train ticket and are en route. However, I doubt whether I would be able to make a Tuesday evening game because of work commitments.
Meanwhile, Rick Everitt has set out a forceful critique of the decision to close the East Stand for the game, arguing that the claimed cost savings do not stack up and that the decision has reduced revenue: East Stand. Paradoxically, some of the arguments he makes have less force if the game is postponed and the rearranged fixture attracts a smaller crowd.
Oxford anticipate as many as 4,000 travelling supporters, but their numbers would also be depleted by a postponement: Oxford United <.p>
Some Addicks have argued that a postponement could incentivise the players if we get an attractive draw for the fourth round. Knowing our luck, we are more likely to get a League 1 side away than Manchester City.