Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele has blamed the Oakwell pitch for the team's recent below-par performances.

The Tykes have not won any of their last three home games, losing to Doncaster and drawing with relegated Peterborough and Derby, and Steele believes the state of the playing surface has contributed to a loss of form.

"It's rubbish. The pitch is so dry and bobbly, it's no good for playing flowing football," Steele told the Sheffield Star. "The football we used to play in the winter was good because the pitch was still decent and we were able to zip it about but when you play on something like that it's really difficult."

He added: "I'm not making an excuse for the way we played but you have to change your whole game because of the state of the pitch.

"I think the pitch needs to be wetter and slicker so we can play our own game. It isn't doing us any favours at all. We're not playing like the team we were when we were getting the wins and the pitch is playing a part. Maybe we need to adapt and change our game a little bit to counter for it."

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