KARL Robinson has praised the work done this summer to make improvements in the pitch at the Kassam Stadium.

Oxford United’s home game with Peterborough United marks the surface’s competitive debut, following extensive refurbishment during the off-season.

A good pitch is essential for the way the U’s want to play and boss Robinson (pictured) went out of his way to praise the work commissioned by landlords Firoka.

He said: “The pitch at the Kassam is one of the best I’ve seen for a long time. The investment from Firoka and everybody at the stadium has been more than ever this year.

“I think they understood where we were at and what our complaints were.

“You have to give credit where it’s due and the pitch is magnificent.”

United have also made changes to one of the pitches at their training ground to make it as close to a carbon copy as possible.

He said: “The groundsman (at the Kassam) came to the training ground to test the ball bounce and the thickness of the grass.

“We do want one pitch here which is almost a replica of the Kassam.

“We can have the same dimensions and grass length, so the two groundsmen are working well together.

“It’s something the top teams do and it’s not always something that happens the further you come down.

“It’s little things that can add to us being a better club moving forward.”