Melbourne City captain Scott Jamieson lashed out at the quality of the Commbank Stadium pitch despite his side romping to a 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.
City's fine run of form continued as they push for back-to-back A-League titles but they were not helped by the quality of the pitch during a scrappy encounter.
Mathew Leckie's brace of goals and a further strike by Florin Berenguer was enough to wrap up the win, before Dimi Petratos pulled a goal back for the home side late on.
But speaking after the victory which moved City up to second on the A-League ladder, Jamieson was far from impressed with the state of the pitch.
"I have to apologise because of the standard of the pitch. The pitch is awful," he told broadcasters Paramount Plus.
"I've never seen a worse pitch here in such a beautiful stadium with the ball bobbling up your knees it's hard to really play. It's not a good enough standard."
Wanderers slipped to their second defeat in three games since new boss Mark Rudan took over from Carl Robinson and the defeat would have been heavier had City taken their chances.
Wanderers did not take the few they created in the opening 30 minutes of the game and Petratos admits they were made to pay.
"We were on top of them in the first half," Petratos insisted. "We copped goals on set pieces which I am sure the gaffer will let us know about that."