Sheffield United set for yet another pitch battle

Blades boss Chris Wilder
Blades boss Chris Wilder
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Sheffield United have been warned they could be set for a difficult evening at Oxford on Tuesday, as they prepare to overcome both Oxford and the Kassam Stadium’s pitch.

Michael Appleton, who guided Chris Wilder’s former club to promotion last season, expressed concerns about the quality of its playing surface last month and does not expect it the situation to improve until the summer.

Oxford United Manager Michael Appleton

Oxford United Manager Michael Appleton

“Between now and the end of this season I can’t see how it could improve that much,” he said. “It’s something that needs addressing in the summer and I know (chairman) Darryl (Eales) is on to that already.

“We have to adapt a bit, play in the right areas and don’t allow the pitch to slow us down. I don’t think it will ever be fixed unless we get some lamps.”