Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is continuing the ongoing tradition first set by former boss Gary Johnson of keeping his players in on Christmas Day. With tomorrow's match against Swindon Town the second in a hectic series of four matches across a two week period, Slade has admitted to the Western Morning News that he is a bit of a 'Scrooge' in that the players are unlikely to have a day off until after the New Year's Day game at Luton Town:
"We will be working on Christmas Day. I am a bit of a Scrooge over Christmas, I always have been, because I think it's worth it. I think it's worth keeping the focus and keeping the squad nice and tight and knowing what they are doing. We are working Christmas Eve and working Christmas Day and we obviously have the game on Boxing Day. We will perhaps have a break when we come out of the New Year, I think the weekend of January 5 we don't have a game and we won't play until the 8th which is the rearranged game against Walsall."
This season has so far almost replicated last year in terms of where the Glovers have sat in the league table, and Russell admitted he would like a replica of that to happen in terms of the Christmas results:
"We have interesting games coming ahead and they are big fixtures. You know how important I think Christmas is because if you can be in that top six coming out of Christmas and into your January fixtures, then I think you have a great opportunity. We had a great Christmas last year, I think we picked up three wins over that period and if we can do that again, then we will be in good nick."
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