VIDEO: Sheffield Wednesday: Owls chief happy to see pitch ripped up

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Stuart Gray says no tears were shed as the controversial Hillsborough pitch was ripped up last week.

The poor state of the playing surface at S6 drew the ire of opposition players, managers and supporters throughout the campaign.

And Owls head coach Gray made no secret of his dislike for the pitch as his side struggled for victories on home soil.

“There wasn’t any grass on it before but there definitely isn’t now,” Gray told the Star.

“So I suppose I can’t use the pitch as an excuse any more.

“It’s been disappointing for us and the results at home have been poor.

“We’ve probably picked up a few injuries from playing and training on that pitch.

“But we’re going to have a top quality pitch here next season.

“It’ll probably be one of the best in the Championship and I’m really looking forward to that.”

A Desso pitch will be installed at Hillsborough over the summer containing around three per cent artificial grass fibres entwined with real grass.

The same system was installed at Wembley to rid the national stadium of persistent problems with the quality of the pitch.

Work has already begun at Hillsborough on removing a natural slope to the playing surface which runs from the North Stand to the Kop.