All eyes will be on the Elland Road pitch tonight after the turf was relaid after the last Leeds United home game.
It’s had about 10 days to bed in but has been hit by adverse weather conditions, with Phil Hay describing it as “unbelievable”.
Leeds host Everton tonight after the pitch was heavily criticised by players following the 1-0 defeat to Brighton.
Writing in a Q&A ahead of the Everton game Hay said, “It’s unbelievable, isn’t it?
“I mean, I know it’s the winter so you have to expect poor weather but having rained constantly before and after Christmas, the new surface goes down and the first thing that happens is it’s covered in snow.
“Still, turf beds in very quickly these days and it has to be better than what they’ve replaced.”
One Leeds fan posted a picture of the weather conditions in Leeds on Tuesday, saying, “Perfect conditions for bedding in a new pitch (Elland Road is somewhere in that photo).”
The photo was from Dixon lane, about a mile from the stadium.
— Jon Howe (@jonhowe1971) February 2, 2021
Not ideal but we have faith in groundsmen
This probably isn’t what the Elland Road pitch needed.
Winter isn’t the best time to lay a new pitch at the best of times but it is incredible that Leeds have been hit with weather like this almost straight after the surface went down.
one fan posted a video that showed the pitch with snow on top yesterday.
— Jaden Gilbert (@Jadengilbert16) February 2, 2021
Another fan said that staff were working on shifting it last night and an image from today shows it in a much better state.
— Luca (@LufcLuca_) February 3, 2021
We will still be a bit nervous watching the game tonight and hope that it doesn’t cut up.
But, as Hay said, it has to be better than the surface that was there before.
The Leeds players resorted to more long balls than their normal quick one-touch passing style against Brighton and it didn’t work out well at all.
Hopefully, we’ll see a marked difference for tonight’s game and the pitch will match the quality of our play.
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