Date: 12th December 2007 at 10:10am
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Wednesday head groundsman Steve Kiddy insists that the Hillsborough pitch should hold out for the rest of the season despite Saturday’s abandoned clash with Coventry.

Officials brought Saturday’s Championship dual with the Sky Blues to a premature end on 27 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch, and the scenes brought concerns over the state of the pitch for the rest of the Owls’ campaign.

The summer floods haven’t helped, with the Hillsborough pitch having to be relayed just weeks before the start of the current season.

But Kiddy insists that the pitch should hold firm for the rest of the season should no more freak weather come the way of S6.

‘I’m hearing a lot of comments that the pitch is cutting up and won’t last but I don’t think it’s playing too bad,’ Kiddy told the official SWFC website.

‘It is moving a little bit under the feet but if we can get through January and February with little disruption, we should be fine right through to the end of the season.’

Wednesday play away to Crystal Palace this weekend, giving the Hillsborough pitch a fortnight to recover, and Kiddy is confident the Owls won’t receive any further set-backs for the clash with Watford on Saturday, December 22.

He continued: ‘The pitch has dried out a lot since Saturday.

‘An overnight frost on Monday cracked the top open to let the water move through and as we stand, we’ll be able to get some mowers out there this week and get things back to normal.’