Nottingham Forest fans were left fuming after “technical difficulties” caused havoc with Sky Sports’ live coverage of their crucial Championship clash with Luton Town.
Forest’s Good Friday showdown with fellow promotion hopefuls Luton at Kenilworth Road was selected by Sky as the lunchtime live televised fixture. However, the scheduled 12.30pm kick-off was delayed due to apparent technical problems.
Presenter David Prutton had to fill time with pundits Hal Robson-Kanu and Glenn Murray in the Sky Sports studio, while viewers waited for the match to start. Former Forest midfielder Prutton confirmed that “technical difficulties” were the reason behind the delay. Pictures from the ground were eventually shown, with players from both sides waiting on the pitch.
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The match eventually got under way about eight minutes late – only for the Sky Sports pictures to disappear from the screen moments later. They returned to the studio again and for a while, Prutton and co had to provide commentary on the game, once pictures had been restored.
In the end, the commentary team of Andy Hinchliffe and David Stowell were able to take over the reins, with almost nine minutes on the clock. Forest supporters took to Twitter to voice their anger. Here’s what some of them had to say…
@c_goncalves66: You had one job @SkyFootball
@Ireland_2012: What a joke @SkyFootball.
@nicmerr: Shut those pundits up!!!
@chrisspyrou: Haven’t watched Forest in a pub in years and Sky can barely cope with the transmission. Come on Forest!
@k_daykin: #skysports I want my money back.
@smccalden: @SkyFootball shambles of a broadcast here. Embarrassing.
@philldawson: Sort it out Sky.