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Grew on Tranmere

26 September 2013

Vale intend to put home side under pressure

Mark Grew says Vale will go straight at Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Saturday and try to take advantage of the situation the home side find themselves in.

Rovers are just above the relegation places in the League One table, having failed to win at home in four attempts so far this season.

Grew said: “We had the watched on against Notts County Saturday and Rob Page and myself watched them against Stoke on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup.

“I am looking forward to the game. There will be pressure on them to get a result at home and we are going to go there positive, exactly like we did against Leyton Orient.

“We are not going to be negative, we want to go forward. I think if we invite pressure on Saturday it will give them confidence and that’s the last thing we want to do, so we will try to get them on the back foot.

“It is ironic – this time last year they were top of the league and flying and nothing went wrong for them.This time nothing has gone right for them

”We know they have got quality in there. What you have got to do is like a boxer – when they are down you have got to knock them down again and that is what we plan to do.

“Give anybody half a chance and like a boxer, they will take a swing and knock you out, so we have got to go there and put pressure on them.

“We know that if we can keep them quiet for twenty/twenty-five minutes, the crowd will start on them.

“It is like any ground, when you have not won a game and you are down at the bottom of the league, people get restless when you and we need to get on top right from the word go.

Vale will be expected to be almost back to full strength for Saturday’s game, though it may be a little early for defender Daniel Jones.

Grew said: “Lee Hughes had a virus at the weekend and he is back in training now and Gavin Tomlin has been given the go ahead to train after picking up an injury playing for the reserves last week.

“Daniel Jones is back in training today and the only casualty now is Rob Taylor, who has got a bit of a calf strain, which is to be expected really. He has had a long time out and is picking up a few little niggles now.”

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