SWINDON TOWN: Adams wants improved performance from Port Vale (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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SWINDON TOWN: Adams wants improved performance from Port Vale
6:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
PORT Vale boss Micky Adams is expecting a much different performance from his side tomorrow than on their last visit to the County Ground.
Having secured promotion the previous week at Gillingham, Town wrapped up the League Two title with a 5-0 thumping of Vale when they visited Wiltshire in April 2012.
Fast forward 18 months and the two sides are locked on points, two adrift of the League One play-offs and Adams is expecting a different story.
“We’ve been in good form but we take that with a pinch of salt, we’ve got to show up,” he said.
“The last time we went to Swindon we got a pasting and we didn’t show up that day.
“Having said that, we played against a very, very good Swindon team that was celebrating promotion. They perhaps had more on the game than we did.
“This time around it’s slightly different because they are a developing side. I’d like to think we are too.
“We are learning lessons on a weekly basis and getting better. Our spirit is good at the moment, our fitness levels are good, we’re enjoying the two wins, we want to make it three on the spin although it’s never easy.”
Adams has been impressed with the way Town play their football but is willing ‘ruffle a few feathers’ if it helps his side get a positive result.
“They are a side who have got a lot of youngsters, a lot of youngsters with Tottenham connections – and if you’ve ever played against Tottenham side they like to pass the ball and play,” he said. “They’ve been brought up the right way.
“There are a couple of old heads, Darren Ward at the back springs to mind and they’ve got Nile Ranger at the other end who’s had experience with Newcastle so he’s a threat.
“They are the type of team that if they get on top of you and pass the ball where they want to pass it at their leisure, they will cause you problems.
“The emphasis from our point of view is to not let them do that, ruffle a few feathers if we have to and show the sort of spirit that we’ve done recently.”
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