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The squad is the key

11 December 2013

Midfielder knows the importance of the whole squad during the Christmas period

With the Christmas period not far off and games coming thick and fast, it is important the players manage their fitness carefully and not overdo things.

Although they still need to train, they still need periods of rest to give their bodies time to recover and midfielder Anthony Griffith recognises the importance of being careful with preparation.

He says: “It is a fine line between overstepping the mark in terms of how much you can do because you don’t want to do too much.

“There are a lot of games coming up. We have had the weekend off after the Salisbury game, but everybody realises it is back to work now.

“It is time to get our heads down and go again because we have got that belief in the camps that we can push on and build on the good work we have done.

“In previous years I have experienced, the weather has played a big part and we haven’t played as many games as we should have done and training was picked up and that is not the most fun time for me.

“Because of the weather I haven’t really experienced playing a lot of games over Christmas, so we will have to see whether or not we get the games we are scheduled to play.

“If we do we would obviously like maximum points fro those games, but you have to be sensible and set your stall out and make sure everybody is right for the games.

“I am sure everybody won’t play all of the games throughout Christmas so you just make sure you are ready for selection.

“The brains behind the operation is the gaffer - he has brought players in who can play in different positions and you need that in teams.

“We have a decent size squad. A lot of players haven’t been playing but you have got to wait for your chance and make the most of it.

“It is a squad game, it’s not eleven who are going to play over the Christmas period, I am sure the gaffer is going to be chopping and changing.

“It is all about helping each other and getting through the period and trying to climb up the league if we can.”

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