‘It’s a bog’ – Joe Dunne slams Colchester United’s pitch

The last home game, against Crewe, which the U's lost 2-1. The pitch is bound to be heavy for tomorr

The last home game, against Crewe, which the U's lost 2-1. The pitch is bound to be heavy for tomorrow's visit of Gillingham - Credit: Archant

Colchester United boss, Joe Dunne, has expressed his concern for the state of the pitch at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Gillingham.

The Dubliner is worried that the heavy pitch will hamper the U’s passing style during the coming months, following a good deal of rain over the last few weeks.

But tomorrow’s game is set to go ahead, with no pitch inspection planned.

“It is very, very heavy,” rued Dunne, with reference to the U’s pitch.

“We want to play a passing game, so it doesn’t suit us.


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“I am not going to dress it up, you can see it for yourself, it’s a bog!

“I’m trying to produce footballers here, but we haven’t been on our main pitch on the training ground for four weeks!

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“We haven’t been on pitch one for four weeks, everything just holds the water,” added Dunne.

The U’s boss has every sympathy with head groundsman David Blacknall, who has worked wonders with a difficult surface.

“It’s very difficult for Dave,” continued Dunne.

“Dave does the best he can, but he’s got a difficult job.

“It’s disappointing to see the pitch, because we are losing grass off it now as well.”

The U’s host their first game of 2014 against Gillingham tomorrow, and at least some dry weather in Essex over the last few days has seen the pitch recover a little from the recent onslaught.

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