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AFC Bournemouth: Family giving proud dad Marc Pugh extra motivation
DOTING dad Marc Pugh has revealed that the imminent arrival of his second child has provided him with extra motivation to cut it in the Championship.
The winger admits that the prospect of increased commitments and having another mouth to feed has given him further incentive to show what he can do for Cherries.
And Lancastrian Pugh, who lives in Ferndown with his wife Laura and Bournemouth-born daughter Halle, says he is determined to take his chance in the second tier as he aims to provide for his family.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, the 26-year-old said: “We were quite calm with the first one. It happened pretty quickly.
“We were ready to go to the cinema and the midwife popped round and said ‘No, you’re not going, you have to go to the hospital’.
“Hopefully, this time round, it will happen as quickly as that and we are really looking forward to it now. The due date was September 10 so it could be any time now.
“It gives me that extra incentive with my football because I will have to look after even more family. It gives me an extra push to go out there and do well for myself, my team-mates and my family.
“My family help me to go out on the field and perform better because I am thinking of them and wanting to do well for them and also for myself.
“When I go away from the training ground or from a game on a Saturday or a Tuesday, I put all that to one side and just enjoy spending time with my family.”
Pugh, who has netted once in six appearances so far this season, says his family will always be his priority, but he insists he will do everything he can to be available for home clashes with Blackpool tomorrow and Barnsley on Tuesday.
He added: “The most important thing – although football is a massive part of my life and I absolutely love the game – is family. When it does happen, I will be at my wife’s side.
“But if it comes in the early hours of Saturday morning or Friday night, I would still want to be out there playing against Blackpool. Even if I didn’t get much sleep, I would still want to be out there.
“No matter how tired you are, I think a lot of it is mental. If you can mentally push yourself through the game and strive to be your best, then I am sure that would stand me in good stead.”
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