Leeds United chief Angus Kinnear personally inspected the state of the Elland Road pitch after the 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday. 

Much has been said of the pitch which is heavy and cutting up, with BBC Radio Leeds pundit Noel Whelan describing it as Leeds’ Kryptonite at the moment.

Talking on BBC Radio Leeds, the host of the post-match show noticed Kinnear taking a detour after the match: “Angus Kinnear walked down the edge of the pitch here, on this nearside, the West stand, and then he walked out across the corner of the pitch, in his nice shiny shoes, which he got all muddy.

“He was on the phone to somebody and he was clearly looking at the pitch as he walking along there, he was clearly trying to see how bad it is.

“He addressed it in his program notes and Leeds are going to do it in the summer but it’s something we talked about quite a lot [during the game]. It’s interesting to see Angus Kinnear go and look for himself.”

Noel Whelan continued, “They’ll all be mumbling to themselves, ‘We can’t play our style of football on this pitch’.

“Instead of having that step ahead of teams because we’re quick at playing and passing… it’s like taking our superman powers away. That’s our Kryptonite.”

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Life’s a pitch

There’s no getting away from the fact that the Leeds pitch is in an awful state at the moment.

Playing at Elland Road should be an advantage but it’s the opposite at the moment.

The pitch is getting worse and worse with each game played on it and the weather isn’t helping in Yorkshire at the moment.

The good news is that our next game is away at Newcastle, where the pitch should be exactly what Leeds want to play on.

The opponents couldn’t be better at the moment either, with Newcastle on a run of nine without a win – a run that stretches all the way back to the 5-2 pasting we gave them at Elland Road.

Since that game, they’ve only scored two goals and Leeds will be looking to get their season back on track with the three points.

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