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Yates looking for a strong finish in Vale's final home game

25 April 2014

Defender says Vale players will be giving one hundres per cent

Defender Adam Yates has promised the players will be giving it their all tonight against Sheffield United and are hoping to finish on a high in their final home game of the season.

He said: “I think you will see in our performance that we understand that the season is not over yet. The fans have paid their money to watch all of the home games and we are going to turn up and put up a performance.

“If we don’t play well, we are going to work hard and show that the season is not over yet. We know we can’t get into the play-offs, but we have got a lot to play for still.

“We want to impress the fans and make sure they go away for the summer feeling happy and positive about next year

“We are playing against the gaffer’s former club, he’s a boyhood fan, and we want to give him something to smile about.

“Both sides want to finish as high up the league as we can and we both want to finish with two wins. We have got a tough game, they know they are going to come here and have a tough game.

“We have got a somewhat depleted squad at the moment, but it is credit to the lads and the staff and the fans, the position we have finished in.”

Yates feels the work done by Nigel Clough since joining them back in October is admirable and says they will be amongst the favourites for promotion next season.

“Nigel Clough is someone with a proven track record at a higher level, as our manager is. I was surprised what happened to him a Derby, but he has moved on to another massive club and he has turned them round.” said Yates

“They were fighting relegation when he took over and you look at them now and they have finished just outside the play-offs and had a fantastic cup run and I think that is going to rejuvenate the club.

“Certainly player-wise, he has got them going – he has found a way of playing that is successful and he has made some decent signings.

“Looking at them I think they are going to be a real force to be reckoned with next season and I wouldn’t be surprised if the bookies don’t make them pretty much favourites for promotion.”

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