Port Vale’s Adam Yates says fans “deluded” for FA Cup backlash

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Port Vale defender Adam Yates has hit out at those Valiants fans who believe their season is over after being knocked out of the FA Cup by the MK Dons.

Yates started in Port Vale’s 4-3 defeat at the hands of their League One rivals at Vale Park.

He said: “I obviously disagree with them. They are obviously deluded fans if they think are season is over.

“If they bring a negative atmosphere to the ground then I’d rather that not happen, most fans have been great throughout the years so it’s a bit disappointing hearing that.

“We’re looking to push for the play-offs.

“Apart from the cup game, if you look at our recent home form then I would say it has been really good and it gives us a good base to push on from.”

Vale are unbeaten in their last four home league games.

And ahead of their next clash against Rochdale on Saturday, goalkeeping coach Mark Grew believes strong home form is key to a successful season.

He said: “It is important to keep this home run going in the league.

“Rochdale are a fantastic side, so we will have to work very hard to get all three points on Saturday.”

Vale midfielder Chris Birchall echoed those views.

He said: “Last season they played us off the park, hopefully they don’t do that again, but that is all up to how we play on Saturday.

“We are disappointed that we’re out of the FA Cup, but if we beat Rochdale and move up the league, then we’d take that over the FA Cup defeat.”

Vale sit in 13th place, seven points away from the play-off spots and five points away from the relegation zone.

Grew added: “Last season we finished ninth and I believe we have a better squad this year, but if you look at how congested the league is then it’s clear we have to beat top teams like Rochdale.

“It will be tough to get in the top 6, but that is our aim and of course we will give it our best shot.”

(additional reporting by Monica Rimmer)

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