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Daniel Farke blames ‘horrendous’ pitch for Huddersfield draw

As you may have guessed, at Football Ground Guide we are obsessed with fans, stadiums and everything in between. Therefore, we took notice when Leeds United manager, Daniel Farke, blamed a “horrendous” pitch for his side only mustering a draw against their Yorkshire rivals, Huddersfield Town.

The Whites had previously won nine consecutive games in the Championship, but could only register a point as the derby ended in a 1-1 draw.

Daniel Farke blames ‘horrendous' pitch for Huddersfield
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Leeds United manager Daniel Farke
Daniel Farke's Leeds United were in impressive form and are serious candidates for promotion this season. Photo by Icon Sport.

What did Daniel Farke say?

Speaking after the draw, Farke explained: “Obviously, I would have preferred us to move the ball a bit quicker but it was not easy because the pitch was also horrendous. I am far away from punishing my lads today. We have won 28 points out of the last 10 games.

“It is never easy when you are down against an excited home crowd and the other team defends, more or less, with nine men behind the ball. It was a quick turnaround and the pitch was not easy to play [on].”

While it is true that Huddersfield's pitch was extremely waterlogged, blaming a result on this pitch is rarely a good idea and usually doesn't portray the manager in the best of lights.

Was Farke correct?

Depending on your stance, you may interpret the comments made by Farke in one of two ways. On the one hand, he was right in highlighting the fact that the waterlogged pitch at the Kirklees Stadium made it difficult for Leeds to play their usual free-flowing football.

On the other hand, as mentioned previously, blaming the state of the pitch, particularly after a bad result, is usually received as the manager making excuses by the vast majority of football fans.


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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