Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis has made it clear that Tranmere should get their playing surface “fixed” at some point, ahead of the tomorrow’s game between the sides at Prenton Park.
Pompey make the trip up to Birkenhead to face the Super White Army, knowing that a win could lift them up into second place if results elsewhere go their way.
Despite Tranmere’s lowly league position of 21st, it will be a difficult task on Saturday for Pompey, considering how notorious the Prenton Park pitch has become this season.
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It could be described as one of the worst playing surfaces in the EFL, with many muddy patches across it.
The game should still go ahead, and Pompey playmaker Ronan Curtis has made his feelings known about the state of the surface to BBC Solent’s Andrew Moon.
“In my eyes they [Tranmere] should get it fixed and get it sorted out because one day there’s going to be a bad injury on it but we know what we’ve got to do, we have a job to do,” Curtis said.
The issues of pitch at Tranmere came to a head to the wider public when their FA Cup third round replay against Watford was postponed.
Since then, Liverpool Ladies home games – which take place at Tranmere – have also been called off.
The owners of the club have addressed the issue this season courtesy of a club statement, which admitted that nothing major could be done until the summer.
Nevertheless, Pompey will have to put it to the back of the mind and continue to play their football. The south coast side will be looking to make it three successive wins over Tranmere.
Ronan Curtis is right in his judgement, as the muddy patches will definitely increase the risk of injuries.
It is up to Portsmouth to show how they can overcome it – that might be by trying to play a more direct style of football.
Kenny Jackett will also be nervous during the game, as a serious injury to any of his players at this stage of the season would a big blow.