"title": "Rochdale's Hill dismisses pitch criticism",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Keith-Hill-SuprisedLook-180130-Ge-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nRochdale manager Keith Hill has dismissed criticism of the club's home pitch by Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Mauricio Pochettino, saying the Argentine's comments were a \"low blow\" and an \"easy punch\" ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round match.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe League One (third tier) club beat Millwall in the fourth round on a heavily sanded pitch at the Crown Oil Arena this month to set up a meeting with Spurs.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Premier League team's manager called for the Football Association to look into the matter last week after seeing pictures and said that the state of the pitch was a \"massive risk\" for players and inadequate for an FA Cup match.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I'm assured the pitch is going to be good,\" Hill told the BBC. \"It just seems to me it was an easy punch to hit us with.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"It was a bit of a low blow because a lot of work went into preparing the pitch and making sure it was playable.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"The pitch wasn't a risk... With respect to Pochettino, he's got a right to comment on the pictures that were presented to him. But we are making sure that the playing surface is as perfect as it possibly can be.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nRochdale plan to lay down a new pitch before Tottenham's visit and Hill is hoping his players can train on the new surface ahead of the Spurs game.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Keith Hill has dismissed criticism of the club's home pitch by counterpart Mauricio Pochettino.",
    "date": "2018-02-13T10:51:09",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Reuters",
    "img_credit": "Keith Hill \u00a9 Getty Images",
    "category": "FA Cup",
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