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  • "as we all know the pitch is the same for both teams , the way the players moan about it one would imagine that their silky smooth passing game was being spoilt by the pitch. last week i watched a video of the cup replay win over man u at the manor the surface was cut up pretty badly but we still played devestating football. that was a great night at the manor but the standard of player we had in those days even though we were still a lower div club was so much higher those were the days."
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Kassam Stadium pitch on Oxford United boss to-do list

Tom Newey (right) was among the players who felt the pitch held United back against York

Tom Newey (right) was among the players who felt the pitch held United back against York

First published in Headlines Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

GARY Waddock expects more work will be done this summer to improve the playing surface at the Kassam Stadium.

A week ago, United’s players were critical of the pitch after the 1-0 home defeat to York City, which came days after a superb display in winning 2-0 on an excellent deck at Plymouth Argyle.

More than £50,000 was invested by the U’s and fellow tenants London Welsh last summer.

The surface will continue to be used at least once a week, with the rugby club recently agreeing to extend their stay by three years.

Waddock wants to play entertaining football and is keen to have a decent pitch.

He said: “I believe there are plans to do some work on it.

“I’ve had a million and one things to do since I’ve been here and the pitch will come up in conversation over the next couple of weeks with the chairman.

“It doesn’t matter what style you are trying to play you want a nice pitch.

“Come the beginning of the season I’m sure it will be in a good state.”

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