Wanderers are pushing for their postponed game against Cambridge United to be played in a fortnight.

Ian Evatt backed referee David Rock’s decision to abandon the match at the Abbey Stadium after just nine minutes after a torrential downpour prior to kick-off.

But with few slots to pick from between now and the end of the season, the Wanderers boss is hopeful that the two clubs can come to an arrangement quickly to reschedule.

Neil Harris’s post-match comments were less optimistic, suggesting he might want to push the game towards the very end of the campaign.

Wanderers will almost certainly have to reschedule their game against Shrewsbury Town at the end of March, so February 20 could be the only choice available for both teams.

Harris had also pushed for the game to continue when referee Rock ran over to the touchline to speak with both managers shortly before taking the players off the pitch.

“For us, we have both got a free Tuesday two weeks from now, so let’s get it on as soon as we can,” Evatt said.

“Both teams wanted to play tonight. The conditions then suit one more than the other but that’s football and the ref made the right call.

“When he came over he said ‘I am a bit concerned, the ball isn’t rolling or bouncing properly’ and he was concerned for player welfare. I said it wasn’t going to suit the way we play and Neil said ‘let’s get it on!’

“I completely understand that, everyone wants to win. We all want little advantages.

“We have only got one Tuesday free up to the end of the season, so that’s gone. It is a challenge, a test, but there is no way we could play on that pitch.”

Evatt admits the game might have gone ahead when he was a player – but he could recall the farcical circumstances a couple of years ago when a match at Plymouth was played in farcical conditions and did not want a repeat.

“We were joking in the dressing room that I just used to head it, I didn’t need any grass,” he said.

“Have I played on worse? Probably. But football has changed and player welfare is the most important thing.”

Wanderers had made four changes from the side that drew against Barnsley – bringing Gethin Jones, Nat Ogbeta, George Thomason and Aaron Morley in from the start.

Another team had already been earmarked for Northampton on Saturday, and Evatt believes his players fully understand that they will all get their shot.

“We have got a good squad and I have rotated it all season, especially when we have been going Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday,” he said.

“To keep the energy and zest in the team we need fresh legs in the middle of the pitch.

“We will always pick the right team for the right opponent. I am comfortable with that and I trust them all. They are all players I have brought to the club.

“This is a squad game and it is a ‘we’ not ‘me’ ethos here.

“The players have bought into what I do and they have no issues with squad rotation.”