Atangana targets festive force

Nigel Atangana. Picture: Joe Pepler
Nigel Atangana. Picture: Joe Pepler

Nigel Atangana believes Pompey’s Christmas programme can fire them back into the play-off hunt.

The Blues midfielder netted the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town and has now set his sights on the Boxing Day home showdown with AFC Wimbledon and the trip to Luton Town two days later.

A healthy points return could see the Blues close the seven-point gap on the teams above them ready to step up their assault in 2015.

But while some have already written off Pompey’s promotion hopes this term, Atangana insists nobody is thinking that way inside the camp.

Atangana said: ‘I think it is still a realistic target.

‘There are a lot of games left to play this season.

‘We are not even halfway.

‘If we play well over the Christmas period, we are back.

‘We are not negative or down about anything.

‘We are all staying positive, working hard in training and doing our best.

‘There are a lot of games and a lot of points to play for.

‘The games over Christmas won’t be easy.

‘But we need to win the home game against Wimbledon and that will give us confidence for the Luton game.’

The midfielder also played down any injury fears after he came off in the closing stages at Whaddon Road.

He said: ‘I had cramp because I played in the reserves on Tuesday.

‘I was tired because I haven’t played so much lately and it’s hard to be fully fit for matches.

‘It made sense to go off so another player at 100 per cent could come on.

‘Sometimes you can get another injury when you carry on playing when you are tired.

‘But that game will do me a lot of good for fitness.’