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Brown - "I Nearly Pulled My Hamstring To Be Honest"

27 April 2017

Port Vale's win at Walsall on Tuesday night, takes their relegation battle to the final day of the League One campaign.

Chris Eagles’ wonder strike five minutes from time snatched three vital points for Vale as they battle for their League One status.

Vale now sit one point from safety with one game left to play. The Valiants visit Highbury on Sunday and will come up against a Fleetwood Town side with automatic promotion aspirations still left to play for.

Manager Michael Brown spoke exclusively to Valiant PlayerHD after the game about his reaction to Eagles’ crucial goal:

“I nearly pulled my hamstring to be honest. I entered the field of play, nearly got a yellow card and an injury to go with it.

“It was a relief for everybody, we have been waiting for that for quite a while. We said at half time that if we can stay in the game then we can throw everything at them late on, by putting Remie [Streete] upfront etcetera, just to try and add some pressure and obviously Eagles popped up with a worldie strike.”

Vale have come close to earning results but have come away from a number of games with nothing in recent months, and Brown made no attempt in hiding his joy at Eagles’ strike.

“We have been doing well in games and coming away with nothing, and the main thing today was despite how we had performed we needed those three points because we wanted a shot at it at the weekend.

“We wanted to be there at Fleetwood, and it will be occasion for both teams, and we have got that shot. Hopefully tonight is a confidence booster and will help us believe that we can go there and get three points again.”

The 40-year old outlines his intentions for the visit to Fleetwood on Sunday as Vale prepare to attempt the great escape.

“Safety is achievable. Fleetwood are going to be nervous because they know what is at stake. But it is up to us now, it is in our hands to get to the target that we want to get to.

“There will be other scenarios unfolding on the same day as we know, so all we can do is go and out a good performance in and get that win.”

Vale’s league status will be on the line as they visit Highbury on Sunday, and with Fleetwood fighting for automatic promotion, it is set up to be an enthralling game for both sets of fans.

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