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YATES TARGETS SECOND

25 April 2013

Defender wants to secure second place

Vale defender Adam Yates wants to finish on a high against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday and cement the League Two runners-up spot. 

With Wycombe Wanderers safe from relegation and Port Vale all but promoted to League One Saturday's final match of the season could be dubbed a dead rubber, but for Yates the match is about continuing that winning mentality. 

“The thing with the gaffer is, I've been here with him for around four years now and he has never gone into a game to draw or lose.

“It'll be no different Saturday, we are going there to win the game.

“We have celebrated at the weekend and we will celebrate this weekend but we have got a game and we are professional and we'll be looking to win the game,” said Yates.

An away crowd of just over 2800 are expected to make the journey South and Yates has paid tribute to Vale's away following.

He said: “I think we owe the fans an away performance, the fans away from home have been fantastic for us this year.

“More recently at home they've come out in their numbers and we've had some big crowds and they're always backing us.

“The away fans are great, if you cast your mind back to the York game, they were fantastic there.”

Saturday's match could have been an all or nothing tie for Vale had former player Lee Collins not scored a late own goal to give Vale the valuable point they needed to all but secure promotion. 

Yates admits he is happy not having the pressure of needing a win on the last day of the season.

“We didn't want to go into this last game needing a win, Wycombe are a decent side, I saw them on TV against Gillingham and they were a good side that night.

“The Lee Collins own goal, a former player, I felt sorry for Lee but he's done us a favour,” said Yates. 

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