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BOSS ENJOYS CHRISTMAS CLASHES

23 December 2014

Awford looking forward to AFC Wimbledon test

Christmas is, for most people, a time for relaxation and indulgence.

In the world of English football, however, it is one of the busiest stages of the campaign.

Pompey are in action twice over the festive period, with a home clash against AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day before a trip to Luton two days later.

But Andy Awford does not expect any pity and believes that his side have been treated well by this season’s fixture list.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve got two games in three days, but it’s always hectic over Christmas and it’s the same for every side.

“It was weird when I was teaching a few years ago and actually had some time off at this time of year.

“But as a footballer, you just get on with it – it’s part of life in this business.

“If it was up to me there probably would be break in the winter to allow the pitches and the players to recover.

“But I do enjoy the Christmas games and am looking forward to the match on Boxing Day.

“It’s nice to be home for obvious reasons and then we haven’t got too far to go to Luton on the Sunday.

“I remember a couple of seasons ago when we were sent to Hartlepool just before Christmas, but this year it’s worked out kindly for us.”

Pompey will take on an AFC Wimbledon side who are only below them on goal difference in the League Two table.

Awford said: “We’re on the same points and at the moment it’s a mid-table encounter, but both sides will be looking to push on in the new year.

“I played with their manager Neal Ardley for England under-21s many years ago and we’ve stayed in contact.

“He’s a top bloke and has done a good job there, but I’m looking forward to going head-to-head with him on Friday.

“Our performance at Cheltenham last week was really positive and we’ve got to take that on to AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day and then Luton as well.”

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