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Griff ready for a battle

5 November 2013

Mifielder warns Vale have to be ready for all eventualities

Although the Vale players don’t know too much about the players they will face on Monday night at Meadowbank, where they face Shortwood United, Anthony Griffith says that won’t make too much of a difference.

They will no doubt have to adapt to a different way of playing as they come up against opponents with nothing to lose and plenty to play for, but they are certainly not expecting an easy ride.

The vale midfielder said: “It’s not so much about knowing the players, it’s a bout knowing what you are actually going in to, the none-league mentality where you are going to get people coming up against you where they are just going to try to kick lumps out of you.

“They are going to be up for it because it is their big chance and they are on the TV. They have already beaten Aldershot so they are going to be even more up for it.

“They will have that belief in themselves thinking we have done them so we can do these as well and try to become the team who write the headlines.

“Whether they have the advantage playing at their home ground, we won’t know – some players can crumble under pressure in front of a larger than usual crowd, but sometimes that can make players.

“We had a disappointing weekend when we lost at Swindon, so this is our chance to bounce back and try to do something productive with a Cup run and get back to winning ways.”

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