Robins Doubts Pitch Will Be Playable


Rotherham United’s game on Sunday against Coventry City is in doubt.

There is a pitch inspection already scheduled for Saturday at 6pm because of the state of the pitch at the Coventry Building Society Stadium.

In the summer the stadium had a concert held there on it and more recently there have been Rugby Seven games in the Commonwealth Games played there.

Former Millers player and Manager and now Sky Blues Boss Mark Robins seems very doubtful that the game will go ahead telling CoventryLive that the pitch was not ‘in good nick’.

‘It’s nowhere near the level we expect or need,’ Robins said. ‘ The pitch needs to be in better working order because it has to be safe for people to play on and at this moment in time, it’s not. The groundsmen are working their socks off but there’s the Commonwealth games going on so trying to get things in and out of there is nigh on impossible.

‘We wanted a surface to play on that’s slick, that’s good, like every other team in the Championship has got. We shouldn’t be talking about it but we are unfortunately and we have to make the best of the situation. That situation is to get the pitch in as good a condition as quickly as possible. But you’re talking about player safety.

‘We have been let down. There was a new pitch due to go down but for whatever reason that was pulled at late notice.’

Asked if he thinks the game on Sunday will go ahead, he replied, ‘Looking at the pitch today? No chance.’

The arena is owned by Wasps Rugby FC with a spokesman for the club saying, ‘Since the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games, which saw three full days of Rugby Sevens action take place at the arena, the grounds team have been working around the clock to repair the pitch in preparation for the start of the season. We are in close contact with the Football Club and committed to working with them to resolve their concerns.’

Not sure I’ve ever known a football game called off in August before because of the pitch?

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