Ricoh Pitch

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  1. covboy1987

    covboy1987 Active Member

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    My mate has been saying it for weeks that we are the best footballing side in the division and if we had a decent home pitch would be in the automatic promotion spot no bother as have dropped too many points at home struggling on the rugby rutted bobble pitch - he might have a point
     
  2. Limey

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    Yup don't buy the 'its the same for both teams' line. Some teams are just happy lumping it up top whatever the surface.
    Pitch has been hideous.
    Needs money and effort to maintain rugby and football.
     
  3. Liquid Gold

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    It’s no coincidence that we play better away on good surfaces. I think better days alluded to the staff and players not being too disappointed at the prospect of not being at the Ricoh as the pitch does their head in so much.
     
  4. Broken Hearted Sky Blue

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    Listen to what Nick Pickering said about the pitch on Cwr
     
  5. Rich

    Rich Will the real Dale Evans please stand up

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    Our problem has been the lack of ability to put the ball in the net. Blame the pitch all you like, but our strikers haven’t quite been there this season.
     
  6. Gazolba

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    Even after beating an unbeaten club and scoring 5 goals, our goal difference is still only +1.
    That tells you everything you need to know.
    Defence is porous and attack is toothless.
     
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    The players all like the Ricoh stadium and facilities but hate the surface they have to play on
    They'd all prefer to stay there despite the state of the pitch
     
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    We all would but common sense is not so common

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    The pitch is a red herring. We don’t set up at home with any intensity - we still play one forward and play like it’s an away game
     
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    The pitch is a factor, we couldn't play the incisive one and two touch football we did yesterday at the Ricoh
     
  11. Liquid Gold

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    Can we get a roll out one like spurs have, nice pitch for us and underneath whatever piece of shit the insects like to hug on.
     
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    Hoddle was talking about that the other day and reckoned Man Utd have a serious disadvantage when Old Trafford has been used for rugby. Think they only have one game a year there, he'd have a fit if he saw our pitch.
     
  13. Limey

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    Of course it's a massive factor. Extra touch before crossing, shooting etc. Bobbles all over the shop.
    It's an awful, awful, surface because it's doesnt have the necessary care to accommodate 2 sports.
    (Still hope we're on it next season)
     
  14. Grendel

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    Don’t agree - as Nick Pickering said yesterday the club using it regularly has the advantage. Also the form has turned round as before Christmas the club were winning at home far more than away and now it’s shifted.

    We are set up like an away team at home and it doesn’t work
     
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    Don't agree either. No matter how much you play on it a divot is going to be nigh on impossible to predict the run of the ball on.
    As home team you would think we would be creating more chances and therefore will impact crucial goalscoring moments.
    It's a rubbish pitch. Undeniably.
     
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    The pitch has an effect, especially as we try to play on the deck however our issue (in results) was perfectly evident yesterday at Sunderland.

    When teams attack us and leave space we exploit it with pace and make the most of our counter attacking. When the majority of teams come to the Ricoh they get 11 behind the ball and keep compact and we struggle to break them down and find a way.
     
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    Robins has said the pitch puts the players off. I’ll take it from the man in charge if it’s all the same.
     
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    I’d take it as an excuse for obvious tactical failings if it’s all the same
     
  19. Voice_of_Reason

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    Ground share with Birmingham for 3 years, playing on a decent pitch whilst building our own Stadium on the Woodlands site. Worked for Brighton whilst the Amex was being built. Short term pain long term gain. The Ricoh pitch will always represent a ploughed field.
     
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    I’m not saying it will happen and lots of IFs but....

    If we ground share with Birmingham for 3 years and we get planning at Woodlands and SISU actually build a 20,000 Highfield rd 2 that we can call our own I’d take that.

    I love the Ricoh but it’s too big, souless and owned by Wasps.

    The only part of what I said is unlikely is
    A) would SISU actually spend the money to build a stadium
    B) are the council going to allow planning
     
  21. Gazolba

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    It's a factor but we still only won by one goal and we let four in.
    A good pitch benefits the opposition just as much as it benefits us.
     
  22. letsallsingtogether

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    A probably not
    B have to have reasonable grounds to stop it.
    Aldi threatened go take them to court when they kept refusing them planning permission a year later they opened the Radford shop.
     
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    No it all about the pitch....
     
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    I get your point and you are right but dont forget Burge handed them 1goal and 2 were jammy as fuck deflections. So only 1 of there goals was valid from them.
     
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    1 of ours was also deflected thats football.
     
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    In most home games this season we have been by far the better team, have created loads of chances and simply not put them away. Nothing to do with the way we are set up (thinly failed criticism of Robins), everything to do with not taking chances.
     
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    We've missed eleventy billion sitters this season, the pitch is nothing to do with that.

    Let's stop getting too excited and accept the real reason we are missing out on the playoffs instead of making excuses.
     
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    Pretty fair assessment
    Mind you looking at it dispassionately it would be a great adventure if we went on a run now and got up through the play offs again
    But let's be honest our young team would find it hard to cope in the Championship next year
    As others have said maybe a near miss this season to set us up for next could be better in the long run
     
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    Spot on. At home we often have a lot of possession but we’re just stroking it around midfield struggling to find an opening. Players pass it back to the defence or Burge, giving the opposition an opportunity to press and open some space, the crowd boos and it goes back to the midfield compressing the opposition again...

    We need to start finding ways to draw teams out and open space.


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  30. SBAndy

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    Said for a long while that the pitch is a big problem with our style of play, more so than a lot of people realise. That extra touch to ensure the ball is under control, that body adjustment when the ball bobbles up to knee height. It’s all half-seconds here and there that we’re having to be reactive to the pitch rather than looking for the first time ball and - as evidenced by the performance on Saturday - we want to be playing at a much quicker tempo than the pitch allows.
     
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    A couple of sitters have been missed due to the pitch during the Winter.
     
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    I can think of a couple of shots that visibly bobbled before it was struck, Hiwula and Chaplin both had one.


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