Terrible pitch had a massive impact: Talay

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Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay was blunt in his assessment of the playing conditions following his sides 0-0 draw against Brisbane Roar on Saturday night.

The match at Dolphin Stadium was expected to showcase the good form from both sides in recent weeks, but instead it made for tough viewing with poor conditions dictating the majority of play.

In the post-match press conference, Ufuk Talay said the pitch levelled the playing field which suited the Roar and was a disadvantage to his side’s style of play.

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“I think it had a massive impact on the game, the pitch was terrible. I think it levelled the playing field for Brisbane to be honest,” he said.

“We play a certain brand of football and I think the pitch suited them.”

The playing surface received around 72 millimetres of rain throughout the afternoon, which had to drain before kick-off at 5:05pm local time.

Despite the best efforts from ground staff at the stadium, the pitch remained drenched throughout the clash.

“I didn’t think it was in great condition, it was very sloppy and slushy when we walked out there,” Talay said.

“As I said I think the field was terrible.”

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The Phoenix were unable to get a much needed away victory that would have put them level on points with Western United in sixth place.

Talay said that he did not see the result as a setback, as coming to Brisbane and performing the way they did was not an easy task.

“I can’t be disappointed with the performance at the end of the day, we came all the way to Brisbane and one point is one point,” he said.

“There is still enough games, I think it’s going to go right down to the end of the season to make the top six.”

Phoenix will be in action against in-form Adelaide United in their next match, while Roar have a quick turnaround to face Western at home on what will hopefully be a dryer pitch.

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.
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