Micky Adams says his side can still do well tonightDespite the mounting injury situation at the club, Micky Adams is confident his side can still give a good account of themselves against Leicester City at Vale Park tonight (kick off 7.30pm)
The Vale boss said: “We are limited but we will always be competitive and certainly the one are of the pitch where we can do something on the training ground is out forward play.
“As we saw against Derby County during the first half, we looked quite threatening, but at the other end of the pitch it is difficult to put sessions on to help ourselves because we simply haven’t got the bodies.
“We had one centre half out there on the training pitch yesterday and that was Chris Robertson, so it is difficult to do any back four work, but In midfield and going forward we have got enough bodies to cope.
“Matt Doumbe will come back and help us out against Leicester and we will have a second look at him. We were impressed with both centre halves against Kidderminster, Paul Reid and Matt Doumbe.
“Matt is going to come back and help us out through our defensive crisis and he will be helping himself as well.
“He is getting match fit and he putting himself in the shop window. It’s an opportunity for him to help not only ourselves, but other maybe clubs, what he is capable of doing.”
In the mean time the manager may well be discussions with Chairman Norman Smurthwaite about the possibility of bringing in more fresh faces.
Adams said: “Norman has got an awful lot on his plate at the moment, trying to get the football club geared for the new season, but one thing he is mindful of is the problems we have got at this moment in time.
“You can always have a fruitful discussion with Norman. If you put a decent case to him he will listen, he goes away and has a think about it and it is either a yes or a no. I have got a few ideas mulling around and we will take it further later on in the week.
“There are a lot of players out there without a football club and you are talking less than two weeks to go before the season starts.
“You have to question their mentality in the first place. Whether it is greed or a little bit o laziness that they don’t want to get involved in pre-season training or whatever.
“There are still players out there, but I would be worried if I were them because a lot of clubs have formulated their squads and are already three or four weeks back into work so there are a lot of doubts about certain players.”
With the new season less than two weeks away Micky and his staff have already been doing their homework on the teams they are due to face in their first few games.
The manager revealed: “We had Brentford watched on Saturday against a youthful Celtic side so we have had a firsthand opportunity to see them.
“I believe that Walsall have got a game on Friday against Burton Albion so I will possibly go along and see that.
“It’s just a case really of us getting out and about and taking a look at our first few opponents – we will certainly be geared up for them and we will know exactly how they play.”
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