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Paul Robinson has said that the weather played a huge part in making the Leeds pitch so bad in the game against Brighton.
The surface at Elland Road has been a long-running problem for Leeds, with the club unable to replace the pitch because of COVID last summer.
However, Robinson has said that it’s no excuse for the defeat as it was the same for both sides.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I did the game against Burnley and the pitch wasn’t good back then.
“I spoke to Sean Dyche before the game and he wasn’t impressed by it.
“And then, before the game this week, we had two lots of really heavy snow. It’s obviously going to be difficult for the groundsman to get that into a good condition to play on.
“I think the weather has played a huge part. It wasn’t a great pitch for either side but you can’t really use that as an excuse.
“It’s the same for both sides and Brighton came to Leeds and did a job. You talk about Leeds’ one-touch football – look at Brighton’s goal on that surface.”
The Leeds pitch is heavy and it’s cutting up a lot, and the players resorted to lots of long balls in Saturday’s game – something that’s not normally part of the Bielsa system.
However, Robinson is right that it’s the same for both sides and the only goal of the game was a fantastically worked team effort that involved lots of sharp, clean, first-time passing.
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