Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club manager Gus Poyet has criticised the playing surface at Keepmoat Stadium after his side slumped to a draw at bottom of the table Doncaster Rovers.

The frustrated Seagulls boss said, "There wasn't much football played, it wasn't nice to watch. We tried to change some things to hold on to what we had, because the pitch made it difficult to pass the ball. The idea was to stay solid, not make a mistake, and see if we could score the second goal, but the pitch made it ugly.”

"If I want to pay to watch football I don't want a pitch like that. It doesn't help Doncaster, as they have very good players all over the park and they could not pass the ball either."

The 15,231-seater stadium cost £32m to build when it first opened in August 2007 and plays host to football club Doncaster but also the town’s rugby team.

But Doncaster manager Dean Saunders told BBC Sport: "I agree the pitch is not good but I thought we played great on it today. We may be bottom but we are still in there fighting with games in hand -but we need to score more goals."

Posted on 04/03/2012