Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Crusaders right to cash in, insists Gregg

John Gregg has backed Crusaders’ initiative - even though he isn’t a great fan of their artificial surface.

The Institute manager has had his team training twice this week on a ‘3G’ pitch in the north-west in preparation for tomorrow afternoon’s trip to Seaview.

Despite that he still doesn’t think the players are going to be ready for a match on the surface.

“It is something new, it will be difficult for us, but I don’t blame Crusaders for putting it in,” said Gregg.

“Every club wants to find a way of bringing revenue in because money is hard to come by and they’ve done that, so I won’t be slagging them off.

“We’ve trained Tuesday and Wednesday on one of these pitches — no team in the league will have worked harder than us this week — but I think it takes more than that to get used to it.”

Gregg, however, won’t allow the issue of the Crues new pitch — this will be only the second Premiership fixture to be played on it — to affect his players.

A bigger concern for him is ensuring that Lisburn Distillery don’t close in on them at the bottom and trying to reel Newry City in as they attempt to move away from the foot of the table.

“We’ll go at this game in the same way as we do every game,” said Gregg.

“We won’t use the pitch as an excuse, in the same way we don’t use injuries as an excuse.

“Both teams have to play on the same pitch, it’s 11 against 11 and it’s the same game.

“We want to keep in touch with Newry and with Christmas not far away there’s a lot of big games coming up.”

Stute head to Seaview unbeaten in Belfast this season.

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