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Mark Marshall: ‘We Have Five Cup Finals Left’

10 April 2015

Midfielder Speaks To Press Ahead Of MK Dons Clash

Winger Mark Marshall has described the final five games of the season as ‘cup finals’ as the Port Vale look to put an end to a run of six straight defeats starting against MK Dons.

Karl Robinson’s promotion-chasing side visit Vale Park on Saturday before a trip to Scunthorpe United in midweek. The Valiants then host Preston on Friday evening.

And Marshall believes the team need to give everything during these final games.

“We’ve got to go out there for the last five games and take them as five cup finals and just give our all for ourselves, the fans and for the manager because he’s been brilliant for us especially for me as well in terms of teaching me,” he said.

“He puts his message across well and we really want to do it for him.”

The 27-year-old thinks the Valiants must go into this Saturday’s game believing they can win and can look to past meetings for confidence.

“If you look at the game we played them in the FA Cup and the game at theirs, you can see that we can score goals against them and ultimately we can defend because we had ten men at their place for about 60-70 minutes and they didn’t really create many chances and in the end we could’ve got something out of the game.

“You’ve got to go into every game and be confident. At the end of the day, it’s 11 against 11 and you’ve got to make sure your man has a worse day than you and that’s just how I see it.

“If I’m playing up against someone, I’m going to favour myself.”

He concluded: “There’s not that big of a difference in this league from top to bottom, anyone can beat anyone.

If we go out there with the mindset that we’ve lost the game already then it’s going to be a very difficult game but if we go out there with the mindset that it’s 11 players versus 11 players and it’s whoever turns up on the day, I’m pretty sure we can beat anyone in this league.”

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