Sheffield Wednesday: Keane set for pitch battle

Striker Will Keane
Striker Will Keane

Loan star Will Keane has brushed aside the poor state of Blackpool’s pitch as Sheffield Wednesday prepare to take on the Championship’s bottom club.

The Tangerines have long been plagued by pitch problems and their bumpy playing surface at Bloomfield Road is regarded as the worst in the division.

The pitch promises to pose a tricky test for Stuart Gray’s trrops but Keane, on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season, is calling on the Owls to bounce back following Wednesday’s home defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

He told The Star: “The games comes around thick and fast at this level and we need to learn from our mistakes against Blackburn.

“We need to pick ourselves up and go again. We need to put Blackburn behind us and be ready to go at Blackpool. I think their pitch will be similar to ours so we will be used to that. It’s not going to faze us.”

Victory over Rovers would have cut the gap on the top-six to 12 points and boosted their slim promotion prospects.

Keane, who has scored three times in nine appearances since arriving in January, said: “Yes it was definitely a missed opportunity after the last two results.

“We started the first half a bit too slow against Blackburn. For some reason, we didn’t come out of the blocks and we were second to most things and conceded two cheap goals and were chasing the game.

“We were much better in the second half and took the game to them but it was too little too late.

“We were very confident going into the game so it was massively disappointing to lose, especially after getting a good win on Saturday. We wanted to carry that on so it’s big blow but we have to take it on the chin and make sure we learn from it.

“We need to start brighter at Blackpool, be positive and try to pick up a good result.”

Striker Gary Madine, on loan at Blackpool from Wednesday until the end of the season, will sit out tomorrow’s fixture, having been denied permission to play by his parent club.

*New Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri, meanwhile, has promised to spend £1m on laying a brand new pitch at Hillsborough this summer.

Chansiri, who also plans to install a new scoreboard at the ground, said: “After speaking to Stuart [Gray], it is clear the pitch must be a priority. I have commited £1m in the summer to address this concern with a brand new pitch.”

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