Stuart McCall has addressed the current state of the Valley Parade pitch ahead of their Sky Bet League Two clash with Salford City.
The North of England has taken a hammering in recent weeks with storms Ciara and Dennis unleashing a downpour of rain onto the land which has seen many EFL games fall by the wayside.
Grounds across the country have had excess water to deal with and Bradford City’s Valley Parade is one of tens of EFL stadiums that has taken a hit on the pitch and in the stands. The right care and attention for waterlogged pitches costs with football clubs sometimes reluctant to shell out thousands of pounds on a new playing surface.
McCall had this to say on the state of Bradford’s pitch to the club’s official media channels: “It is something we just have to get on with and deal with. We are in a position where we cannot splash a fortune on our pitch and all we can do is try our best when playing on it and avoid making excuses.”
The surface would make it difficult for any team to play slick passing football on which has seen Bradford revert to a much more direct game. Pitches exposed to that much rain in such a short period of time will cut up easily, especially if there are sometimes two games on it in the space of a week.
Having seen photos of the pitch, Stuart McCall offers a reasonable stance on the situation. Bradford are not in the financial position to drop thousands of pounds on a new playing surface so close to the current season’s conclusion as these types of changes most commonly occur in the off-season.
With players nowadays looking for any excuse to blame for a bad performance, the state of the pitch will not help those supporters who dislike hearing those excuses. The state of the Valley Parade pitch will make the physics of the ball completely different to when it lands on a normal pitch which can make any moment at any second unpredictable.