Gary Rowett, Birmingham City’s manager, wasn’t particularly impressed with the Hillsborough pitch on Tuesday night.
He said: “There was no way you were going to be able to pass the ball up the pitch with any sort of control.
“There was that much sand, the players might have been better off playing in bare feet or in flip flops rather than boots.”
Stuart Gray refuses to blame the pitch for our home form but did slightly contradict himself when he said, “The players are tensing up because the ball is bouncing all over the place. It’s hard to get the ball under the control.”
If the players are reacting differently because of the uneven surface then this is an issue.
Our home form is hard enough without landscaping problems.
The Birmingham game was the eighth home match this season where we’ve failed to find the net.
We are ninth in the league and still performing strongly but the entertainment value at home does leave a lot to be desired.
The pitch doesn’t allow for a passing game.
The weather has played its part this year. Sheffield seems to have been the epicentre of this year’s snow with it lingering over the region.
The pitch itself hasn’t been the same since the flood in 2007, when it was entirely submerged.
Between the snow and the sand the grass is being reduced to mud.
Whilst the weather hasn’t been kind, there does seem to be a fundamental problem with the drainage of the pitch. Another sign that Hillsborough is in need of some serious love and attention.