Hamilton manager Martin Canning has defended the New Douglas Park pitch after Rangers star Josh Windass claimed the plastic surface “has to go” after scoring a hat-trick on it against Accies on Sunday.
Canning’s side have used a synthetic surface since 2013 – and also used one for four years between 2004 and 2008 – and generate vital revenue from hiring the pitch out.
Windass criticised the surface on Twitter saying “that astro turf has to go” on his personal account on Sunday night.
On a serious note , that AstroTurf has to go ????
— Joshua Windass (@WindassJnr) February 18, 2018
Hamilton plan to replace the pitch in the summer with a new synthetic surface laid in its place and Accies boss Canning defended it and claimed it was just as good as the grass pitches used elsewhere.
“I think it’s a true pitch, the ball moves true on it,” Canning said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“When you go to some of the grass pitches we’ve gone to in the last few weeks, the pitches haven’t been great either.
“Some of the surfaces are poor, you don’t know what you are getting, you don’t know how the ball is going to bounce, whether it’s going to stick or not. I think our pitch is in good condition. It plays the same way every week.”
A number of Scottish sides use synthetic pitches with Kilmarnock the only other Premiership side and a further 10 across the Championship, League One and League Two.
With more and more clubs using plastic pitches – both in Scotland and abroad – it is unlikely they will be going anywhere soon.
Clubs would be reluctant to give up the revenue it creates in the cash-strapped Scottish game with several senior grounds across Scotland available to hire.
Despite his complaints about the pitch, Windass put in a blistering performance for the Gers, scoring a hat-trick to take his record since Graeme Murty’s appointment to 14 goals in 18 games.
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