Vale defender warns there will be ups and downs between now and the end of the season
Richard Duffy isn’t getting carried away by Vale’s lofty league position and knows the run-in is going to be anything but smooth, with plenty of knocks along the way.
It may well be a well-used cliché, but there will be lots of ’twists and turns’ between now and the end of April and the Vale squad must be prepared for any situation they find themselves in.
The Vale defender said: “We go down to play Torquay on Saturday and we will try to get another win. We have to concentrate on, picking up points and picking up wins, or even draws.
“If we were to get a draw on Saturday, they all add up to the total, so we will go down there looking to pick something up from the game.
“Torquay came here earlier in the season and we drew with them, but we probably should have won on that day.
“We know what to expect from them. Being on their patch they will come out to attack us and we know we have got to be on our game.
“We will go there and prepare like we do for any other game, whether it is a big pitch or small pitch, it doesn’t make any difference to us.”
Vale have had their fair share of success on the road this season and the defender puts a lot of that down to the pressure on the home team to attack, which suits the way Vale play their football.
“We have been good on the road, we have picked up some good wins and I think it suits us more when team come on to us and we attack. We play better on the counter attack.
“We have got a full week to prepare for the game and hopefully we can pick up a good result and we will be ready for the game on Tuesday then as well.
“There are fourteen games to go and there are a lot of points to be played for, a lot of points to be dropped and a lot of points to be picked up.
“Every team will lose games between now and the end of the season, it’s a case of whoever drops the least points really.
“We went down to Barnet who were second from bottom and struggled down there. We scrapped away for a good point and then Morecambe, who are mid-table came here and beat us on Saturday.
“There will be plenty of ups and downs yet, but we are in a good position and we wouldn’t change it.
“You can’t look forward to more than one game at a time, because you never know what team is going to turn up.
“Torquay haven’t been at their best at home this season, but they could turn round and beat us on Saturday, so we have got to go there and be on our game.”