Big Sam today talked about the England Russia game tomorrow on a plastic carpet like pitch in Moscow.
Obviously the English players are not used to playing on surfaces like this.
Russia are used to the surface and it may be a slight advantage to them in tomorrowâ€™s game which we still expect England to win.
Big Sam and Michael Owen – in good communication throughout International break
Sam said today:
“Every manager will be concerned about every player who is going to play for England on that surface – if they have got any previous injury history because it can work muscles and find out different areas of the body or weaknesses that grass doesn’t do.â€
“That’s the only concern I have regarding that surface.”
Allardyce has been in close contact with Owen and the England camp throughout the last few weeks, with Newcastle coach Steve Round one of Steve McClaren’s international staff. Donâ€™t believe these stories that Michael and Big Sam don’t get on â€“ itâ€™s just nonsense.
“”I have been in touch with Steve and Steve, and Michael.â€ “He got through the game okay on Saturday; they won the game comfortably, and I hope they do the same tomorrow afternoon.”
Sam was then asked for his views on the plastic surface and Allardyce, who has some history of playing on plastic surfaces at Preston went on:
“”I can see it as a disadvantage as a one-off, I do not see it as a disadvantage in using it to develop young players and to develop their skills.â€
“Competitive football is, for me, still a no-no. I am an experienced man on plastic surfaces, because I played on Preston’s for three years.â€
“They have obviously improved a tremendous amount since those days – it is like walking on a carpet, that one out there.â€ “It should not cause too many concerns for injuries, like the stuff we used to play on, because a lot of science has gone into it.
“But in terms of competitive football, I still don’t think it is ever going to take over from grass.”
We just hope Michael comes through the game fir and well and our other players on duty tommorrow also come through OK. Big Sam does have a little extra time to get them all back together aftre tomorrow. Our game is on Monday night at 8pm against Tottenham Hotspur – a game we must win.