Fleetwood’s festive schedule is a dream come true for defender Danny Andrew.
The full-back returned to first-team action, in the absence of Stephen Crainey, for Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.
And he could hang on to his shirt for this weekend’s trip to Coventry – another massive game for a man who 12-months ago was plying his trade in non-league.
Andrew said: “I was talking to my family before I signed and I was on about the big games – Sheffield United, Preston, matches like that.
“To be thrown into this one and to be part of the team was brilliant, and it was great to be involved in getting the result.
“Coventry are another big club but we’ll go there thinking we can get something, especially after Saturday’s performance.”
Andrew knows he’s got a brief window in which to impress boss Graham Alexander.
Crainey, who suffered a foot injury in Town’s defeat at Swindon at the start of he month, remains doubtful for Saturday’s encounter with the Sky Blues at the Ricoh Arena.
But 23-year-old former Macclesfield Town defender Andrew is hoping last weekend’s team performance and result will be enough to keep him in the manager’s thoughts.
“It was unfortuate for Stephen Crainey to get injured,” he said. “But you need to step up when you get your chance and I think I took it.
“The team did really well. We had a bit of a slow start, conceding early, but we fought back so well and I think we deserved to win it in the end.
“They will be one of the teams pushing for promotion. To get a result, to have been in a position to win the game, it shows where we are at. It’s brilliant to be a part of.”
Andrew is one of several young players who have forced their way into the first-team picture in recent weeks after a tricky start to the season.
Another is Antoni Sarcevic, whose goal secured a point against the Blades.
Andrew was pleased to see his good friend Sarcevic get off the mark and with the spirit shown by Town.
“It was a great header,” said Andrew of the winning goal. “I’m not sure if he meant it. It was a real looper, but we’ll leave that!
“It was a good finish. It shows the spirit we have in the team.
“We went down and fought back against a very strong team. It’s great to see.”