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Finley: It's about having strength in depth

Stanley midfielder Sam Finley discusses the busy schedule over the upcoming festive period

12 November 2019

Accrington Stanley midfielder Sam Finley knows the importance of having strength in depth in a squad as the Christmas period rapidly approaches.

John Coleman's side will potentially play four games in the space of 12 days over the festive period, including away trips to face Doncaster Rovers and Blackpool.

As well as this, Stanley will welcome both Burton Albion and Rochdale to the Wham Stadium during a three-day period, and Finley knows how pivotal it can be to pick up a couple of wins during this time.

"It will be interesting to see how things play out over the festive period and a couple of wins can certainly move you up the table.

"It's a lot to ask for but you can get nine points in a week over the Christmas period, it will be a tough period but it is one we're looking forward to."

Stanley brought in 16 new faces during the summer transfer window and Finley admits it's all about having strength in depth when you're playing a lot of games in a small amount of time.

"It's always tough on a squad and it's about rotation because the games come thick and fast and it's about having strength in depth."

The 27-year-old has recently become a father and he acknowledged that his girlfriend, the manager and the fans have been brilliant since the birth of his son.

"My girlfriend has been unbelievable with the baby as she's been the one getting up doing all the night feeds and letting me sleep when I've got training the next day.

"The gaffer has been spot on with me as well, he gave me a few days off after the Peterborough United game just to be at home with my girlfriend and the baby.

"He's also bought the baby a couple of presents and a couple of outfits but I'm sure it was his wife who picked them and not him.

"The fans have also been brilliant with well wishes all over social media and every time I see them after games, but that just sums up everything about the club to be honest."

Finley is a big Liverpool fan, but the midfielder admitted that at the moment he's been unable to get a Liverpool kit for his newborn son.

"I've not been able to get him a Liverpool kit yet as my girlfriend likes him being in all his knitted clothes.

"She wants to keep him a baby for as long as possible, but I'm sure when he gets a little bit older then I'll have him in one straightaway."

Next up for the Reds is an away trip to face Rotherham United, if you've not already got your ticket then CLICK HERE to find out ticket prices!

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