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STEVENS: A GREAT CONTEST

13 April 2017

Defender excited by Plymouth clash

The sold out signs have long since been hanging up around Fratton Park.

And fans are eagerly anticipating a Good Friday clash between two teams desperate to achieve automatic promotion.

Both had to settle for the play-offs last term, with Argyle dramatically beating the Blues, only to suffer heartache themselves at Wembley.

But Enda Stevens is not worried about what happened in the past and is concentrating on trying to move his side a step closer to the finishing line.

The left-back said: “It will have that cup final atmosphere and the teams have a bit of history, so it’s a game we’re all looking forward to.

“It will be played at a high-tempo and both sides will be doing all they can to pick up the three points. It should make for a great contest.

“What happened last season is done and there’s nothing that we can do about it now.

“We just have to focus on trying to win promotion and we can go another step closer on Friday – that’s what we’re looking to do.

“We’re confident going into the game and have worked hard in training, but we also know that Plymouth will provide tough opposition.

“There are a couple of big matches over Easter, but at the moment we’re not looking past Friday. Get that out the way and then we’ll see where we are.”

Stevens was celebrating last weekend after being named in the Team of the Season at the EFL Awards.

He said: “It was a good evening, although Burge and I showed up a bit late because of the traffic!

“I wasn’t expecting the award, so it was a bit of a shock and a great honour for me, although you don’t really celebrate those accolades until the end of the season.

“If we get promoted then I can probably say that this will have been my most complete season.”

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