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Gaffer Previews WBA

1 August 2017

The Valiants welcome West Bromwich Albion to Vale Park on Tuesday night and the Premier League outfit will provide Michael Brown's men with their final pre-season friendly.

After putting in a strong performance against Championship Derby County earlier into the schedule, Vale will be looking forward to another challenge against stern opposition.

Whilst the clash with Chester offered a physical battle, Brown insists that the Baggies will give his players a different kind of challenge.

He said: "It will be a totally different test, we know they will have the ball a lot and we will have to adapt.

"We will change a lot of the personnel, that's for sure, but it should be a fantastic game. It's a Premier League club coming to Port Vale and we are all looking forward to it - hopefully we can get a good crowd."

A trip to Spain as a group also allowed Brown, his staff and the players to continue bonding before the League Two campaign kicks off on the 5th August.

Speaking about the tour, Brown said: "Going there was a great exercise, I think it was good that the boys stayed together every day for five or six days.

"That's important with new players getting to know each other and we had some good, varied sessions.

"We were in the sea together, running in the mornings, playing football and pushing through different tasks so it was a great team building exercise for us."

Despite having already made a number of signings in the transfer window, the manager is still working hard to give Vale the best chance of success this season.

He said: "We are looking for whichever players can improve us as a squad. There's no rush, we have until the end of August and we will certainly still be searching right up until the last day.

"There's a long way to go and hopefully we get some more."


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