Doncaster Rovers: We all have to pitch in!

Surface tension: Chris Brown manages a goal despite the under-fire pitch.  Picture: andrew roe
Surface tension: Chris Brown manages a goal despite the under-fire pitch. Picture: andrew roe

BRIAN Flynn is refusing to get into any sort of turf war over the poor state of the Keepmoat Stadium pitch.

Flynn criticised his team’s passing and service to strikers Chris Brown and Billy Paynter in Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Pompey.

But the Welshman was reluctant to blame the stadium’s bare and bobbly pitch, which has come if for stinging criticism from players and fans alike after being battered by the winter chill.

Striker Iain Hume last month described the Keepmoat surface as “awful” - but Flynn plainly refused to point the finger at the pitch following Saturday’s slip-up.

“We’ve got four games left to go at home, that’s all we’ve got,” said Flynn, when asked about the affect of the pitch on his team’s play.

“We’ve got that pitch for four more games.

“We’ve just got to deal with it and get on with it.”

Rovers have won three out of seven home games since Flynn took the reins from Dean Saunders in January.

And, while refusing to blame the pitch, that record is an obvious source of frustration for Rovers’ boss.

“We’ve gone away to Bournemouth and then had Portsmouth at home and we’ve took four points from them,” said Flynn.

“Some people would be happy with that.

“We’ve done it in reverse if you like, won away and drawn at home.

“That’s been our way over the season really.

“Our away form has been scintillating, absolutely scintillating.

“But it’s not been matched by our home form.

“If our home form matched our away form, the league would be done and dusted by now.”

Flynn, meanwhile, has warned his players to expect the unexpected in the promotion run-in - and hinted that his side must be better prepared against sides battling at the wrong end of League One.

“I said to the players at the end of the game on Saturday that the unpredictable will happen,” said Flynn.

“We’ve drawn at home to a team who are struggling in the league this season - and that was unexpected.

“We might have a couple of things in the next eight games that we are not expecting too,” he added.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re better prepared for them.”