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Clarke On Busy Christmas Period

21 December 2016

PNE captain Tom Clarke is looking forward to an exciting Christmas period with North End.

The festive fixtures see back to back home games for the Lilywhites, with high flying Leeds United the visitors on Boxing Day before Sheffield Wednesday travel to Deepdale on New Year's Eve. 

The squad will be sacrificing their Christmas morning at home to ensure they are fully prepared for the visit of Garry Monk's side the following day. 

Speaking of the next couple of weeks, the skipper said: "It's a busy time over the Christmas period, there's a lot of fans off work and coming out to these games and there's no bigger game than Leeds.

"Their fans travel well with them and we are all looking forward to what is going to be a good atmosphere. 

North End picked up seven points from nine in their last three fixtures, which is a solid foundation going into the next run of games. 

"It's an important Christmas period for us, there are a lot of games, a lot of points to be won to move us up that table. 

"I've been in on Christmas Day before and that's part and parcel of being a footballer and you have to do that and now we are just preparing for the games against Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday, which are two important games.

After victory on the road against Bristol City last time out, the 29-year-old is hoping the team can put on a show in front of the Deepdale faithful and pick up the three points. 

"We are at home, we want to play well in front of our own fans and get a good atmosphere going. Over the Christmas period there will be a lot of fans there, Leeds always travel well and our fans will be in good voice.

"We are looking forward to what is going to be a big game, Leeds are doing really well and they've had a good few results so it bodes well for an important game for the three points."

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