Date: 1st March 2010 at 6:32pm
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Newcastle ace Kevin Nolan reckons the shoddy state of the Vicarage Road playing surface is starting to cost Watford valuable league points.

The Hornets ‘far from pitch perfect’ playing surface (dubbed ‘No-mans land at the Somme` by the Sunday Sun) has long been criticised by opposing managers and players alike – most notably Billy Davies and Chris Coleman – but Nolan believes its now starting to hurt Watford more than the opposition.

Following Newcastle`s 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road after they adapted to the quite awful pitch by “going long” according to the Watford boss, Nolan told the media “It is probably one of the worst pitches we have played on. It doesn`t do Watford justice really because they are a good passing side.

The former Bolton midfielder added If they had a pitch like ours they would be higher in the league. It is taking a lot away from them but I know the financial situation they are in“.

Nolan`s right you know. In the days of Boothroyd it didn`t really hurt us that Saracens made a right ol mess of the pitch with their egg chasing antics but now with the ball on the ground a lot more it is starting to cost us.

Some will argue that the pitch isn’t in too bad a state given the changeable weather conditions in WD18 of late but things have to change.

The sad thing is, we simply don`t seem to adapt to the conditions and this can only come from the management. As Malky put it “When you`re looking out there at the pitch at times it looks awful and we didn`t just resort to getting it and kicking it“?

Er, well Newcastle did and they won at a canter and with relative comfort Malky?!?

With 5 home games coming up thick and er fast at the Vic in a mad, mad month of March , Watford will need to learn super quick how to get the best out of the surface and make it suit their style of play. Otherwise home advantage will be well lost and with our away form as it is that can only spell danger.