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Hughes nicks a point

5 October 2013

Experienced campaigner gets Vale out of gaol

Lee Hughes got Vale out of gaol with a late equaliser against Bristol City and admitted afterwards that the visitors can feel hard done to not to get all three points.

The veteran striker netted with just twenty seconds of normal time remaining to snatch an undeserved point for the Valiants, remaining calm under pressure to round the ‘keeper and roll the ball into the net.

Hughes said after the game: “That is why you have to play until the ninetieth minute. You hope that a chance will drop and it did today.

“I thought they were unlucky not to get the three points, but we have shown that we are fighters and we keep going until the end.

“You just have to read the defenders and where they are going to go and I thought he was going to play it back so I just gambled on it. I have had a few of them in my career, so it is nice to get another one.

“I have been in the game long enough, but it is just instinct really. I think you have to know where to go and I don’t think you can coach that, you have got to have it inside you.

“It has been frustrating not to start matches, but the lads have been winning, so you can’t argue, you have to wait for your chance and hopefully I have given them something to think about now.

“You have to be professional about things, work hard and encourage the lads who are playing and hopefully get your chance. People out there can see that I am still fit and can still run around and I can get the odd goal or two.

“We are doing better than I thought we would do at the start of the season and we have got some good wins under our belts.

“We have got some good games coming up and hopefully we can get some more points from them. It’s good to play against the better teams and better players, it brings out the better player in yourself as well.”

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