Redfearn reveals what could stop Granddi Ngoyi featuring v Blackpool

Neil Redfearn

The Leeds boss will take every precaution necessary when it comes to Blackpool's pitch.

Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn has admitted Blackpool's pitch could stop Granddi Ngoyi finally featuring for the Yorkshire side on Saturday afternoon, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Bloomfield Road has played host to a number of fixtures this season during which it was all too clear Blackpool's pitch was not up to scratch.

During their 4-4 draw with Nottingham Forest, for instance, goals galore were helped by a pitch that made it impossible to defend with any cohesion.

And Leeds boss Redfearn is all too aware that pitch could be detrimental to the injury return of Rudy Austin - as well as the potential debut of Ngoyi.

Redfearn confirmed Ngoyi could finally make his first appearance for the Yorkshire side in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon but he has admitted that Blackpool's dire pitch may be a factor that delays that debut just a little further. 

Indeed, when the Leeds boss was asked whether it will impact his decision, he didn't suggest the pitch made an appearance an impossibility but did acknowledge the risks it posed.

"Yeah, it [the pitch] comes into your thinking," the 49-year-old responded.

"The bottom line is we've got to put an XI out there, I want us to win the game. The 80 minutes he [Ngoyi] got for the Under-21s was his first major game in two or three months.

"It's a big ask for him to be involved. And Rudy's got a thigh strain - which are always delicate."

Leeds face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road at 3pm on the back of a fine run of form.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch