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30 January 2013

Assistant Manager Mark Grew says there could be two or three changes on Saturday

Mark Grew believes Vale now have a squad capable of achieving promotion this season and feels even a play-off spot would be a big let-down.

The Vale Assistant Manager said: “I look at it now and we have done an awful lot of hard work, but there is an awful lot to come between now and the end of the season.

“I think we have got a squad now that is good enough to go straight up. I would be very disappointed now even if we got into the play-offs.

“You look at the lads we have brought in and the experience they have got and the quality in the rest of the, including those who were on the bench in our last match.

“You look at people like Adam Yates, who must have been disappointed to be left out because he played really well against Gillingham in our previous match.

“All of these boys will be used between now and the end of the season – it will be a squad rotation. Nobody is sure of their starting line-up on Saturday.

“Everybody is buzzing at the moment and there is nobody sulking. Everybody is looking forward to the final seventeen games of the season.”

Manager Micky Adams has shown in recent games he is not afraid to change a winning team and grew explained the reason behind that decision:

He said: “There have been times when the manager has kept the team the same after winning, but with hindsight he has thought perhaps he could have rested a couple of the lads because they were tired.

“Now we have a few more players in, if anybody feels jaded or has not performed in the way he wants, then he will make changes to the side.

“Last week at Wimbledon Adam Yates was unlucky to be left out, but if you looked at their side, they were big and strong on set pieces, so we picked a side that we thought would be capable of handling that.

“That is how it will be now, it will be horses for courses, and for the game against Accrington Stanley on Saturday there might be two or three changes. We will have a look at that towards the end of the week.

“We had a look at the Accrington team that played on Saturday and they have got some experienced players in there.

“It is important that we get a good result on Saturday to keep the two points a game going, because if we keep that going we will get promoted.”

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