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Boss calls for hard work

30 August 2013

Gaffer hoping to keep away end quiet

Micky Adams had emphasised the need for the team to work hard for each other if they are to do anything this season and says it is the only way if they are to make their mark on League One.

He said: “We have used our time well this week. The first team boys haven’t had a day off and we have used the time effectively, to look at our game and some of the aspects we are not happy with.

“I am clear in my own mind what I am going to do – part of my work this week has been going out and having a look at other teams in the league as well.

“I have seen Coventry and Preston on Sunday, I went to watch Peterborough against Reading on Tuesday night and I think they are the best team on the league.

“I have seen how they do things and I have come back quite excited about what I saw from a team who we are going to face. The fact is they have won six out of six games and they don’t half work hard for each other.

“I think what it shows is, at this level you can’t carry people and it is what I am trying to emphasise to the players, that we can’t turn up at any given game and be without four or five.

“One or two is bad enough and sometimes you can get away with it, but four or five, you have got no chance of winning a game.

“We have got to show people we are working hard as a group and as an individual as well, giving everything regardless of how the game pans out.” 

Vale face a stern test on Saturday with the away end packed to the rafters as Wolves come to town full of expectancy, but the Vale boss has belief in his players and knows if they each give their all, the visitors could be in for a surprise.

“I am expecting that away end to be full which will be nice to see. There will be four thousand five hundred Wolves fans, which is a great turn out.

“We will face a good Wolves team with players that were playing in the Premier League two seasons ago, so whilst they have come down the divisions.

“They have retained the nucleus of a group of players that have played at all levels, and certainly at Premier League level.

“They are one of the favourites, but when you are favourites there comes a level of expectancy with it and I am sure their fans would expect Wolves to come here and beat us.

“What I would like to do is keep the fans at one end of the goals quiet and to do that we need to work as hard as we possibly can with the ball and certainly a lot harder when we haven’t got the ball.

“They have got good players that can hurt you and if we can do that and limit the amount of chances that we give Wolves, it will certainly quieten the crowd.

“That expectancy that is on them might go against them sometimes at Molineux. They might play with a bit more freedom away from home and we need to silence them as much as we can.

“We saw last season two gates that were over ten thousand and it shows the pulling power that we have got if we are doing things right.

“I would like to think our own supporters, regardless of how the results have gone recently, turn up in their numbers and give the boys the confidence and belief to go out there and get amongst Wolves and stop them playing.

“The onus will always be on us to attack teams, but I want to be really mindful of the fact that they still have international, Championship and Premier League players.

“It is as hard a game as we could possibly have, but one that I am looking forward to. I am expecting a real response from my players and a real turnout from our supporters, and if we get both and they combine together, we might just produce a shock.”

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