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Buckley cut up as poor pitches thwart St Pat's

LIAM BUCKLEY believes that "crap" pitches in the League of Ireland are harming his side's ability to play quality football.

A frustrating scoreless draw away to Drogheda United last Friday was the fourth draw in five games for Pats this season and in five away games in all competitions so far in 2012, the Saints have managed just one win.

"Some clubs are making an effort (to improve pitches) but I don't understand how some teams can train at their home stadiums," said Buckley. "If you're training and playing matches on the same pitch, the surface doesn't get a chance to recover and that's very frustrating.

"I look at the pitch in Drogheda, I look at Dalymount Park and Tolka Park and all three of them are crap.

"You could have had Manchester United playing on that pitch last Friday and they would have struggled to pass the ball. I'm not just saying that because we drew, but it's a fact and hopefully all of these pitches will improve as the season goes on," added Buckley, who admitted that his club's run of draws is a worry.


"We've had a few draws now and that's not great, we just need to get some consistency into our game, and we need to turn draws into wins," he said, as Pats prepare for their next test at home to UCD next Friday.

"We were very good against Shamrock Rovers two weeks ago but we need to do that every week. Against Drogheda on Friday we were down a few gears compared to the Rovers performance.

"The players need to understand that (if) they are to challenge this season they have to do it in every game, there's no point in just doing it against the likes of Shamrock Rovers. They have to do it against Monaghan and UCD and Drogheda. If you don't turn up, you don't get a result."