Leeds United’s Neil Redfearn on the Bloomfield Road surface

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, at night

Leeds United played out a 1-1 draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in the Championship on Saturday.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has told LUTV that he respects Blackpool for putting up with their bad pitch.

The pitch at Bloomfield Road is as bad as it gets in professional football, and the Leeds players struggled to put up with it, especially in the first half.

Although the West Yorkshire side eventually earned a point from the Championship encounter, which ended in a 1-1 draw, Redfearn was far from happy with the state of the playing surface.

The Englishman, though, paid respect to the Blackpool team for playing on it week after week and adjusting their game to meet the demands of their surroundings.

“Maybe we are doing Blackpool a disservice,” the 49-year-old told LUTV when pointed out that bottom side Blackpool produced a good performance.

“It must be a nightmare to play on that every week, it’s such a poor surface. It’s obvious that they are used to playing there, you could see that.”

Heading into the contest, Leeds were firm favourites to win, but the truly bad state of the pitch made it tough for the visitors to play their usual passing game.

The West Yorkshire outfit ended the match with 50% of the possession, 11 shots, of which just three were target, and two corners.

Leeds are now 13th in the Championship table with 52 points from 39 matches, while Blackpool are rooted to the bottom with just 23 points.

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