BBC One’s FA Cup coverage of Buxton vs Morecambe blasted over camera quality

The second round clash between Buxton and Morecambe is being screened live on BBC One but viewers are not happy with the quality of the coverage

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The BBC has come in for criticism for the quality of its coverage of the FA Cup second round clash between Buxton and Morecambe.

The meeting between the non-league side and the League One outfit was chosen for live coverage on BBC One this lunchtime.

But the torrential rain and wind has played havoc with the playing conditions – and also the quality of the pictures being relayed to the watching audience.

Throughout the first half the main camera was lashed with rain and it meant that viewers were treated to a blurry picture.

Many people have complained about not being able to clearly see the opening goal, scored by Morecambe’s Cole Stockton in the first half.

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Viewers have complained about the picture quality for Cole Stockton’s goal for Morecambe against Buxton. Credit: BBC Sport

One Twitter user said of the coverage: “Is it too much to ask the BBC camera operator at the Buxton v Morecambe FA Cup tie to wipe his lens?”

Another wrote: “Can someone send glass / lens cleaning cloths to the bbc as the picture of FA Cup Buxton v Morecambe is poor.”

Another said: “The BBC’s cameraman at buxton is having an absolute mare.”

The blustery conditions were not only playing havoc with the playing conditions but also for the presenting crew.

During their half-time discussion presenter Alex Scott and pundits Dion Dublin and Ashley Williams were unable to keep a straight face against a strong wind that blew their umbrellas away.

The blustery conditions were constantly referred to by the commentators and it clearly had an effect on the game, with play scrappy and the flight of the ball unpredictable at times.

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman, on commentary duties, said: “It’s very rare you see a defender kick a ball upfield and it almost go back over their head, but that’s the severity of the weather we’re seeing here today.”

The goal, which came just before the half-hour mark, had a hint of controversy around it with replays suggesting that Stockton was perhaps offside.

The second round has already seen League One side Charlton and Rotherham book their place in the third round. The draw will be on Monday night.

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