Pitch problems for Bristol City

Last Updated: 11/08/14 12:41pm

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Ashton Gate: Pitch given chance to be in best condition

Ashton Gate: Pitch given chance to be in best condition

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Steve Cotterill admits Bristol City may not be able to use their new £1.2m Ashton Gate pitch before Tuesday night's clash with Oxford.

The Robins invested heavily in their playing surface during the summer and were unable to try it out during their pre-season campaign.

And Cotterill says it was not a case of resisting temptation but a move to make sure it was in the best possible condition for their Capital One Cup first round tie.

"When you are spending £1.2million on a pitch you want it to be right, so if we have to leave it then so be it," he said.

"If there would have been a game and the pitch would have been okay then we would have had a game on it for sure.

"We may not get on it until the game against Oxford which would be maybe a slight disappointment but we want to give the groundsman the best chance."

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