JOE Ledley has vented his frustration at the state of the Selhurst Park pitch following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
Prior to kick-off, the sprinklers were utilised and may have had an influence on the way the Eagles were looking to play, but Ledley is hoping the problem is resolved as soon as possible.
"It was a scrappy game and we always knew it was going to be difficult against them," the central midfielder said.
"The pitch didn't help us. I'm not trying make excuses but it was scrappy for both teams.
"The pitch is giving way a little bit. Every time you plant your foot, it sort of gives way.
"Hopefully it can be sorted out after Boxing Day, but it was hard to play on a surface like that.
"Maybe they put the sprinklers on before the match to try and get the surface ready to play football.
"It was all about the second ball but it was a point at the end of the day and we need to start winning."
By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)