Rochdale’s pitch to be re-laid before Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham

Credit: Sean Perman
Credit: Sean Perman

Rochdale are currently in the process of re-laying their heavily criticised pitch, in preparation for their 5th round FA Cup game against Tottenham on Sunday.

The League One side beat Millwall on a muddy, sanded pitch to set up a match against Premier League high-flyers, Spurs.

Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino said that the Spotland pitch was a “massive risk to players” and “not in a condition to play football.”

Rochdale’s League one game against 17th place Fleetwood on Saturday was postponed. The highly-anticipated game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. This is the third league fixture in as many games that has been postponed because of problems with the surface.

After the postponement the club in a statement said: “Following the postponement of the Fleetwood Town game, a decision has been taken to relay a new pitch at the Crown Oil Arena.

“Work will commence on Saturday evening and will be finished in time for next weekend’s Emirates FA Cup fifth round against Tottenham Hotspur.”

The surface had been badly affected by the weather, and despite the club’s attempts to patch the pitch up with sand, the ground would surely have increased the risk of injury.

Pochettino revealed on Thursday that he would discuss the matter with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, and said: “Yes, I saw the pitch. I think you are going to struggle, no? But not only us. Them, too.

“I think the FA need to assess how the pitch is and then to take a decision about if it’s good for the FA Cup, good for the players, good for the teams to play in this type of pitch, in that condition I think doesn’t help football.”

Fans have been flocking to Spotland all day (Monday), as tickets were released for general sale.