Leicester City Football Club has re-laid the pitch at the Walkers Stadium in a bid to help their push for promotion.

Following the subzero temperatures and wintry weather before Christmas, the playing surface had begun to cut up badly.

The Foxes had been using the Walkers Stadium for training as their usual facilities were severely hit by the weather.

City manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson told club website: "I think it is our fault. When it was frozen for a couple of weeks we trained too much on it and destroyed it a little bit."

The pitch received heavy criticism from Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini following Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie.

Eriksson decided to ask the club’s owners for further support and was impressed by their answer.

"One evening I asked them if it was possible to relay the pitch, which I thought was necessary for us in the way we play our football," added Eriksson.

"It took less than 48 hours for the ground staff to get to work. The owners are brilliant for this football club, they say to me, if you think it's necessary, let's get it done."

The new pitch is expected to cost around £120,000.

Posted on 16/01/2011