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Tunnicliffe: A Chance To Refresh

Midfielder believes break can benefit Blues

17 March 2022

Ryan Tunnicliffe
Photo: Nigel Keene

Following a hectic run of games, things are about to get a lot quieter for Pompey.

Saturday’s clash with Wycombe at Fratton Park represents the final fixture for 17 days, due to a combination of international call-ups and opponents in cup action.

It means there are a couple of weekends coming up where supporters will be left twiddling their thumbs.

Ryan Tunnicliffe feels there are some benefits to the gap and hopes the Blues can go into it on the back of a win.

The midfielder said: “It’ll be a chance to mentally refresh more than anything because we’ve had so many matches lately.

“The lads have been living in hotels over the past couple of weeks and so it’s nice to have a little break and perhaps see a bit more of the family.

"It’ll be a chance to mentally refresh more than anything because we’ve had so many matches lately."

Ryan Tunnicliffe

“Then we can come back after that and really look to attack the final eight games of the season and pick up as many points as possible.

“First we’ve got Wycombe and they’re above us in the league, so we’ll be expecting another tough test, but we want to get started on another unbeaten run.

“We’ve been on the road a lot, so it’s great to be back at Fratton Park. The performance was alright at Plymouth on Tuesday and so we’re not disheartened, despite the loss.

“I think it was a tight game of very fine margins and we’re still feeling confident going into this weekend.”

Tunnicliffe has enjoyed his return to competitive action after being sidelined for three months with a hamstring injury.

He said: “I’m feeling good. I was out for a long time and so it’s excellent to be back out on the pitch and helping the lads.

“I came here last summer because I wanted to play a lot of games in front of these fans, so hopefully I can keep improving.”

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