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Pompey players scrap Christmas party out of ‘respect’

Guy Whittingham, Andy Awford
Portsmouth V Leyton Orient
Npower League One
Fratton Park
Tuesday 20 November
19:45 GMT

Guy Whittingham, Andy Awford Portsmouth V Leyton Orient Npower League One Fratton Park Tuesday 20 November 19:45 GMT

 

Pompey’s players have cancelled their Christmas party.

Plans had been in place for a traditional festive night out for all members of the Blues’ squad.

However, Guy Whittingham has revealed the players opted to scrap it following their recent disappointing winless run.

Pompey have failed to taste victory in their last 10 fixtures, although have drawn the past three.

Those results included seven-successive defeats and 546 minutes without a goal.

Whittingham insists the players subsequently decided to cancel their Christmas arrangements ‘out of respect’.

Instead they went go-karting on Monday followed by a low-key meal.

And the caretaker boss has praised his troops’ attitude during continued difficult times both on and off the field of play.

He said: ‘To be fair to the players, they had a Christmas function all sorted but cancelled it because they didn’t think it was right to do it.

‘It’s not so much the results in the last three games but certainly those leading up to that point at Coventry.

‘And I thought that was a good show of respect for people that they felt it wasn’t right to do that.

‘I don’t know what they were going to do – most footballers go somewhere and have a night out on the town and have a few drinks.

‘It was meant to happen a few weeks ago. This decision was purely from the players, it had nothing to do with me.

‘Instead they went go-karting on Monday, had a meal and then went their separate ways.

‘I don’t think there were too many out and about, they just had a quiet function together.

‘It is important they do that sort of thing because obviously there will be a bit of camaraderie from it.’

Earlier this week Oxford United cancelled their Christmas party due to a hectic festive fixture list.

The U’s have four matches before the new year, prompting players and staff to decide to scrap their organised events.

QPR and Newcastle have also recently announced they have abandoned party plans following a disappointing run of results in the Premier League.

– NEIL ALLEN

 

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