Brady impressed by pitch improvements at both the PTS and Moulton College

Playing surface should now be more suited to Brady's style

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 12:12 pm
The PTS Academy Stadium.

Jon Brady has praised Cobblers' groundstaff for the 'brilliant' job they've done in improving the pitches at both the PTS Academy Stadium and Moulton College.

The usually pristine playing surface at the PTS has come under the microscope this season, particularly in January when two home games were postponed due to poor weather.

Former manager Keith Curle used to train at the ground but with Brady wanting the pitch in better condition to suit his style of football, more sessions are now being held at Moulton.

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The recent warm and dry weather has also made a big difference and Brady was pleased with the state of the pitch for Tuesday's game against Plymouth. Town are at home again today when they host Portsmouth.

He said: "The pitch has made a difference - the improvement in the pitch from the Rochdale game to the Plymouth game was worlds apart.

"As a fan watching it on iFollow, you see green grass but when you get closer to it, it feels like there's a lot more grass and it's a lot firmer.

"We were able to wet the pitch before the game on Tuesday to add that slickness to our passing and it makes a difference to the players when they're turning and they're moving quite quickly.

"Two weeks ago, the pitch was coming apart. Now it's starting to knit together and that makes a massive difference because there's not those divots when you're trying to pass the ball.

"There's more firmness in the pitch and that makes such a difference to be able to play. The groundstaff have done a brilliant job on that and the training pitches up at Moulton are also starting to come together and they're looking so much better.

"I just feel there's a real great vibe around the whole club where everyone is pulling in the same direction and everyone is behind us."