Adams hopeful of Port Vale FA Cup progress

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Port Vale boss Micky Adams said victory  in the FA Cup third round replay will give his team a boost leading into the business end of the season – with a play-off spot a realistic target for the Valiants.

The first ever FA Cup encounter between Vale and Plymouth Argyle ended in a 2-2 draw at Vale Park after the home side had stormed into a 2-0 lead.

Adams said he believes playing away from home will take the pressure off of his side with the crowd playing a major role.

He said: “Is the pressure on us? I don’t think so.

“I think its easier sometimes to play away from home in big competitions especially when you’re losing because you have nothing to lose,  you go out and play without fear.

“You make mistakes away from home and there’s only a few of your fans in the stadium, it doesn’t effect you.

“The pressure’s on them when there’s seven thousand in the crowd and you make mistakes you hear the groan and that can sometimes hinder them.”

The Vale boss is confident his side are capable of getting a result which will see his former side, Brighton and Hove Albion, travel to Vale Park in the fourth round.

Adams added: “From a personal point of view I would love to play Brighton at Vale park but there’s an awful long way to go yet.

“We have to work extremely hard because we know that’s what Plymouth are going to do, we’ll be prepared for them and we’ll try our best to get through.

“It’s not a season defining moment, I’d like to get a few players fit if I possibly can and kick on in the league.”

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