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Blues to get new pitch Jan 28 2005

By Scott McLeod, Liverpool Echo

DAVID MOYES has ordered the Goodison Park pitch to be relaid as he seeks to steer the club towards cup glory and league success.

The Blues boss branded the playing surface "diabolical" after last weekend's home defeat to Charlton.

He has called for the pitch to be returfed because he fears a poor playing surface will benefit visiting sides and undermine his own side's passing game.

But the work on the playing surface cannot be carried until after the home game with Norwich next Wednesday, forcing Moyes' men to contend with the sub-standard surface again for tomorrow's FA Cup fourth round tie against Sunderland.

Moyes told the ECHO today: "I am concerned about the state of the pitch and I want to get it relaid as quickly as possible.

"We have already started by relaying the goalmouths for this weekend's game. But we are looking into the prospect of getting the whole pitch done.

"It is a process which takes three days, but having the right surface is important.

"At the moment it is not condusive to getting the ball down and knocking it about, which aides the away side."
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