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A surprise on the cards?

10 January 2014

Skipper feels Vale can do it

Micky Adams last week criticised his team’s defensive mistakes following the FA Cup match against Plymouth Argyle, a game in which the visitors came back from two goals down to earn a replay at Home Park.

Skipper Doug Loft feels the problem doesn’t necessarily boil down to any particular player and says the whole team must share the blame.

He said: “It is not one single individual player’s mistake, it comes from the team and we all take responsibility and we have got to go out there and put it right and there’s no better chance than against Brentford.

“I think they are on fire at the moment and obviously haven’t lost in a while, but I fancy us against anyone and going forward we look like we are going to create and get chances.

“If we can tighten up at the back, and gaffer has brought in Jack (Grimmer) this week, hopefully, we will do alright.

“We have had an okay start to the season and we have done well in games, but not done so well in some others, so ask me at the end of the season whether we have done alright.

“I think about the games in which we have thrown away points and if we had managed to get those points we would be higher in the league.

“We have got some good players in our dressing room and we have got some experienced players and I have got high hopes for us.

“From a personal point of view I will be looking to get more goals and more good performances. I was scoring until I got injures but then the spell I had out injured killed me a bit, but I am back now and looking to get on the score sheet.

“It takes a bit of getting back into it when you have been out injured, especially having so many games in such a short time, but I am enjoying it and creating goals and I just need to start scoring again.”

The big question is, can Vale go to Brentford this weekend and break a run in which the Bees have won twelve of their last thirteen games.

That remains to be seen, but the Vale skipper admits he players have something to prove and is confident his side can surprise a few people.

He said: “We have done okay away from home this season. It will be a tricky game and we all know that, but we have got a point to prove after the Plymouth game.

“It is always good to be the underdog and they are obviously expected to do well, but I think we can spring a surprise.”

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