“I’m not gonna lie, it was a little beat up” – NFL player critical of Wembley pitch

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On Sunday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley in an NFL match and some of the players were not exactly complimentary about the playing surface.

Worryingly, Tottenham Hotspur are set to take on unbeaten Manchester City at the national stadium this evening and the American Football players who took to the field admitted that the pitch was below standard.

Those who saw the game will have noticed a strip down the middle of the field which lacked grass and appeared to be muddy.

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott helped his side to a 24-18 victory and admitted that he had to make changes to his usual style in order to adjust to the Wembley pitch.

City star player Kevin De Bruyne had already voiced his concerns about playing on a surface so soon after an NFL match and it looks as if City’s usual slick passing style will have to put up with the poor playing surface.

Elliott told Omnisport as quoted by Fox Sports: “I’m not gonna lie, it was a little beat up,” 

“It was a little muddy in the middle. But it was a cool experience to play here.

“It was something that we played around with pre-game and tried to get used to. They definitely were different conditions. You’ve got to make adjustments and try to make the kicks.”

“We use those fields once a week and [they are used] just for [American] football,” he added.

“They’re in a little better condition, obviously, just thicker grass, a different type of turf.”

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