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Does anyone else share my concern as to the quality of the pitch at Lionel Road. It does seem incredible, however, even at the start of a match it appears boggy, slow, and slippery. Impressions of footprints can clearly be seen on the surface even early in the game. I do not believe that Rugby has been played on it so far, but, I dread to think what the condition will be in after such a game. We may well have had an enormous amount of rain recently, however, the drainage must be of a very high standard. We have in this short time already had a couple of players injured in the warm up which although not unknown is not that common. Could it also be contributing to our apparent slow play.
 

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Clutching at straws possibly but the grass looks too long and I also noticed the footprints ... Fosu wasn’t the only one to slip on it in the second half. Maybe we overdid the watering at half time?
 

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Noticed this myself. It seems to cut up very easy. I know it's only through watching on TV but the Griffin Park pitch didn't look like that. I guess we'll see when the rugby season starts.
 

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Yes, the pitch doesn't look good to me.

The bit in front of the South Stand where the lino runs is already worn out. *uck knows what it will look like after a few reset scrums.

Saying that, I believe that it was meant to be replaced in the Summer. But the new timetable and covid put pay to that.
 

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As above. It’s been mentioned on here a few times and also privately with fellow supporters.

It is a worry, imo. Especially with rugby due on it soon.
 
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Yes, the pitch doesn't look good to me.

The bit in front of the South Stand where the lino runs is already worn out. *uck knows what it will look like after a few reset scrums.

Saying that, I believe that it was meant to be replaced in the Summer. But the new timetable and covid put pay to that.
Replaced? Why would that be scheduled it was only laid this past spring.
 

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It's 2020 lads, as per.
 

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It's fine until the temperature drops and it gets a layer of dew/condensation on it.Unfortunately this has happened with about half an hour to go in the last two matches. Maybe the subs could change stud length if this is likely to happen.
 

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Not sure I understand this "dew on the pitch late on" excuse when they drench the pitch before the game and during half time.
 
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Not sure I understand this "dew on the pitch late on" excuse when they drench the pitch before the game and during half time.
I am just watching Match of the the Day. No one else appears to have this problem with dew all look to have much better playing surfaces than us. As someone else has posted, Griffin Park pitch was far better. I am sure that we have a problem here, and I thought we would have a state of the art pitch.
 

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I definitely remember reading somewhere just after the pitch was laid that it would be taken up and replaced before the start of this season, someone on here did mention this may not have happened due to the short space of time between last season ending and this season starting, but as no football was played on it last season I don’t know why this didn’t happen, the pitch doesn’t look the quality of what we had at Griffin park, as others have mentioned you could see foot prints, the surface looked slippery and it appeared to be cutting up early in the game.
 

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Our football is not flowing at the moment so not sure if it is us or the pitch as it all looks slow and stodgy - but there also appears to me to be a lot of underhit passes - pitch looks slow to me. The opposition players however do not seem to be having too much trouble on it.
 

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Rugby starts soon
Qpr week i think
They will train on it before then
 
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The Motz Pitch at GP seemed much superior to this Deso one.
They've got to re-lay the pitch. Question is when? If it's looking dodgy already, before the worst of the weather and before some scrums have cut into it, it's going to be a mess by January.
 

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They've got to re-lay the pitch. Question is when? If it's looking dodgy already, before the worst of the weather and before some scrum have cut into it, it's going to be a mess by January.
Dont disagree but there just isn't a window to do it as far as I can see.
 

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....so why did we change over to this soon to be an allotmant patch of a pitch then?
Deso is supposed to be better for dual sports. Motz has never been used for Rugby let alone alongside football.
 

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Deso is supposed to be better for dual sports. Motz has never been used for Rugby let alone alongside football.
Same surface as at Huddersfield and their pitch has always looked a decent surface when I’ve been despite being shared with a Rugby League club. Also same at Wembley so helpful for next time...
 

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They've got to re-lay the pitch. Question is when? If it's looking dodgy already, before the worst of the weather and before some scrums have cut into it, it's going to be a mess by January.
If they remove the pitch what happens to the millions of artificial fibres that were put in. Takes a long time to do that job. Cant believe it will be done again.
Desso pitches are supposed to have a 15 year life.
 

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....so why did we change over to this soon to be an allotmant patch of a pitch then?
Deso is supposed to be better for dual sports. Motz has never been used for Rugby let alone alongside football.
Yes, we only had a Motz pitch as it was the only one available at the time (this was pitchgate remember). I remember calling Motz in the US at the time, and they were all very excited as we were their first ever soccer customer. Before this they had only been used for American Football and the in-field for receiving javelin points etc.

Desso is the "gold standard" when it comes to pitches. Everyone uses it and it would have been like not buying IBM if we had gone with a different supplier. Desso are the only current supplier on which dual codes are played. So we went with Desso.

I'm not sure I am that impressed with it.
 

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If they remove the pitch what happens to the millions of artificial fibres that were put in. Takes a long time to do that job. Cant believe it will be done again.
Desso pitches are supposed to have a 15 year life.
It gets re-laid every season!
 

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