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Posted: Tue 25 Dec 2012
Author: TUFC
Martin Ling

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Festive football at its best

THE fixture schedule has really come up trumps with United travelling to Home Park for a mouth-watering Devon derby with Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day.

The Gulls recorded a superb 2-1 win over the Pilgrims last Christmas, on a day when the Yellow Army was on fantastic form, and manager Martin Ling can’t wait for another special show on the pitch and in the stands.

He has also been given a slight boost on the injury front, with full-back Joe Oastler recovered from a twisted ankle and Billy Bodin possibly fit from an ankle problem, although Niall Thompson (hamstring) is definitely out.

“First of all, I would like to say Merry Christmas to all United fans and I hope you have had a wonderful day,” said Martin.

“We went to Home Park last year and put on a great performance. The Boxing Day game is always special and this has the added spice of being a Devon derby.

“Plymouth are coming into a bit of form and look like they are turning the corner, so we need to make sure we are prepared and ready for the occasion. They have had a long journey to Accrington on Saturday, so we possibly have an advantage in that sense.

“The pitch at Plymouth is superb and we are looking forward to the day. The Torquay fans were unbelievable at Argyle last season and it was brilliant to see.

“We took as many people down there as we have for our home games and that was a phenomenal achievement by the supporters. The fans will be up for it again and ready to cheer on the lads.

“We’re not looking too bad on the injury front. Niall Thompson will be a definite no, Joe Oastler is a definite yes and Billy Bodin will be 50-50.

“The injuries have eased a little bit but Niall is still not right. Joe has recovered a lot quicker than we thought and Billy is still in the same area, but he has more chance of being fit than he did for the postponed Exeter game on Saturday.”