Patrick Bamford has said that the Leeds United players were unhappy with the state of the pitch at Elland Road after the game against Brighton.
He said the feeling was that the pitch was “shocking” although Bamford also admitted that the players hadn’t put in a good shift in the 1-0 defeat.
Talking on the official club podcast Bamford said, “We were frustrated after the game in the changing room, everyone was a bit down because we knew the performance… we were all blaming the pitch and saying how shocking it was but we knew we weren’t good enough ourselves.”
“I felt that was probably our worst game. Even though sometimes we’ve controlled possession, our actual output in terms of clear cut chances – I’m not sure how many shots we had on target – for some reason it was lacking.
“It was a frustrating game. 0-0 was probably the right result because I don’t think either team did enough to win it, even though Brighton came out the winners.”
Life’s a pitch
The Leeds game against Southampton was postponed on Wednesday night and that could have been a blessing in disguise.
We dread to think about the state of the pitch after the Brighton game and with the terrible weather conditions in Yorkshire.
It’s going to be a case of limping the pitch through to the end of the season, with the groundsmen being asked to perform minor miracles in between games.
The entire pitch is being replaced in the summer and it would have been done last year if it wasn’t for the COVID pandemic.
There’s no doubt that the surface doesn’t suit the Leeds game but it’s no one’s problem but our own.
We’re glad the next game is on the pitch at St James’ Park, though, which will give the Leeds players the sort of surface they want to play on.
It’s fair to say that Elland Road might not be our friend for the rest of this season.
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