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Yates ready for Robins

31 October 2013

Defender says Vale will be well prepared

Vale travel to Swindon this weekend, where they face a side who have causes the Valiants a little bit of embarrassment on their last two trips to the County Ground.

Vale were beaten 5-0 in April 2012 when the home side celebrated promotion to League One in style, and in their previous appearance there, they were thumped 6-0.

Hopefully there will be no repeat performance this weekend, and defender Adam Yates says the team will have been prepared well for the trip.

He said: “We have got their team up on the board and if you look at them they have got real fire power. They have got Nile Ranger, who has played in the Premier League and probably shouldn’t be there if he is honest.

“I think anybody in this league knows that he has probably got too much ability – he’s a real presence up there and if you look all through the team, they have got quality.

“They have got the lad from Tottenham who causes a lot of teams problems, but it is one of those where Port Vale are away from home and sometimes when we are playing away we are a better side.

“I have no idea how we will set up against them. They look as if they play with two wing backs, so we might have to adjust our shape a little bit – whether that happens or not is obviously totally up to the manager.

“I think if you look at the club, they got promoted a couple of years ago and since they went up they have been a pretty potent force in this league.

“That is credit to Di Canio and what he did there and obviously whoever has been in there since.

“They have got a strong fan base there and it looks as though the club is pretty secure and they will be looking to finish in the top seven.

“That is going to be another tough test for us, but there are tests every single week in this league and so far we have done well.

“It is going to be no different to any other game in that we have worked hard this week, we are going to know exactly what they do and how they play.

“We will be prepared by the management and we have got to go there and carry on the form we have been showing.

“If we can go there and give a good account of ourselves and we don’t pick anything up, at least we have carried on our good performances. If we go there and pick up a point up, or three, then that would be ideal.

“Performances are a big issue for us now because people know about us and people expect from us because we have set high standards.”

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