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29 November 2012

Micky looking forward to return to Bramall Lane

Vale boss Micky Adams hasn’t got a clue what type of reception he will receive from the home support at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon, but he is more concerned his players are ready for the game.

He said: “I have just focussed this week on preparing my team, making sure they are alright. I am not really concerned about me.

“It is special for me, there’s no doubt about that. It is special for my family and all of the Adams family want to do well this week.

“We are in good shape. Everybody is excited and looking forward to what should be a cracking game.

“We are in good form, which is important. It is obviously better to go to places such as Bramall Lane and against teams who are playing in the higher echelons in good form and certainly we are in good form.

“Darren Murphy won’t feature on Saturday and Clayton McDonald is doubtful, but the rest of the squad, or those who haven’t played in the first team recently, all featured in the reserve game at Shrewsbury on Tuesday and came through that well, so everybody is fit and raring to go.

“We have got a couple of options in the heart of the defence that we can look at, but whoever we put in there, I don’t think it will change our philosophy or how we want to play the game.

“We are very mindful of the threat Sheffield United pose, but whoever we put in there I am sure they won’t let us down.

and make a lot of noise. They have had a big change round in personnel, certainly since I was there as manager and they are a decent side, particularly going forward. “I would say that one of their biggest assets is their supporters. They get behind the team

“We have to be mindful of their threat going forward, but we still maintain if we play our game the way we want to play, we can cause teams problems from any level.

“I don’t want to disappoint our fans, but we are not going to win the Cup, but we certainly want to try and go as far as we possibly can.

“We have got an attacking policy that has worked well for us all season and I don’t see our approach being any different on Saturday.”

Vale will take a large following to Bramall Lane on Saturday, with over 3,000 tickets sold, something that the manager and players are grateful for, and they can make a big difference on the day.

Micky continued: “It’s fantastic. I think the fans have bought into the game and certainly it helps, tha fact that we have got a decent record away from home.

“The ticketing prices have helped both football clubs and both clubs have got to be congratulated on that.

“But we will have good support there and they will make a lot of noise like they do when we go away in numbers and I am astounded really that we are taking over 3,000 fans.

“It’s a terrific show of support, but I shouldn’t be surprised because they are good fans.”


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