Robbo blames pitches

27 June 2006 09:28
Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has blamed the dry pitches for England's poor displays at the World Cup finals in Germany. England have struggled to find their best form despite securing a place in the last eight of the tournament and Robinson is sure there will be a vast improvement when Sven-Goran Eriksson's face Portugal in the quarter-finals on Saturday. "The conditions have made it hard for us," he said. "I think we are finding the pitches particularly difficult because they are not putting water on them. "It's slowing our passing game down. We are finding it hard to get a rhythm. "I wouldn't say we are particularly pleased with the way we are playing. We're getting results and we haven't played as well as we'd like to play. "I think we're finding it very difficult to get our passing game going. We got into the last 16 without producing what we know is our best. "Ecuador, along with the Sweden game, was probably one of the better performances we've had but we still feel there's more to come from the team. The players we have got will rise to the occasion. "We've not lost a game yet, we're through to the last eight. As long as we keep winning that's the important thing."

Source: ESA