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Tom Pope on being captain and the trip to Yeovil

11 December 2017

Tom Pope is looking ahead to Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Yeovil Town, but he insists that Vale should have got the job done first time around.

Despite that, Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two victory over Cambridge United means the Valiants go into it in high spirits, with Pope confident of securing a place in the Third Round.

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame for not winning the initial tie with Yeovil because that should’ve been put to bed,” Pope said.

“It’s going to be a long couple of days, but getting into the next round of the FA Cup is important for the club, getting some money in the coffers.

“We should’ve beat them first time of asking, but now we’ve got to down there and do it again.

“We proved when we played there in the league that we’ve got nothing to fear and we’re confident that we can get the job done.”

The experienced striker captained Vale last time out and he is set to wear the armband again at Huish Park on Tuesday.

As a supporter of the club, the 32-year-old admits that it’s a special feeling to lead the team, but he insists that it doesn’t change his game or mentality.

He said: “I was captain a few times in my first spell here and it’s a great honour, but it doesn’t really change what I’m about.

“Whether I’m wearing the armband or not, I’m not afraid to speak up if I feel somebody is having an off day, or equally, if they’re doing well - I’ll tell them regardless.

“It’s always great leading the lads out and winning the game on Saturday was brilliant, but I’m not going to change.

“Football is all about getting people playing at the peak of their powers and it’s on us more experienced lads to dig them out at times.”


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