Alex Brosque blasts pitch after Sydney FC draw

Sydney FC Shanghai Shenhua
They were playing on their own turf, but Sydney FC weren't happy with it

After being held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Shanghai Shenhua, Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque has turned on the Allianz pitch declaring that it ruined the spectacle.

Needing a win to keep their mathematical chances of Asian Champions League progression alive, the Sky Blues dominated from the outset, ending the game with 71% possession and 22 shots to Shenhua's zero.

Despite the statistics, Sydney FC couldn't find a vital goal and appeared to struggle in the final third with Bobo missing a guilt-edged early chance.

While Shenhua sat deep to make it difficult for Brosque's side, the captain believes the pitch played a big part in Sydney's struggles.

"I just think the pitch doesn't help when you're trying to play football," Brosque told Fox Sports post-game. 

"A pitch like this certainly doesn't help when you've got guys like Ninkovic and Adrian, who are quality players, and they are needing to take two, three touches just to take it under control.

"It ruins the spectacle to be honest and it ruined what we were trying to do."

Before the game coach Graham Arnold had suggested the pitch could be an advantage for his side but admitted post-game it didn't help their efforts.

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"It's hard to play the combination play we like to play," Arnold said.

"I look forward to the SCG trust re-turfing the whole pitch this weekend."

Sydney FC will play a semi-final at Allianz in under a fortnight but will be without the stadium next season as it undergoes complete reconstruction.