Port Vale’s Mark Grew wary ahead of Swindon Town clash

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Port Vale goalkeeping coach Mark Grew highlighted how strong the Valiants’ next opponents Swindon Town are ahead of their weekend clash.

Swindon, currently in third place on League One, are 16 points ahead of Vale in 11th position.

Grew said: “Swindon are probably one of the best sides we’ve played this season.

“I’ve never seen a goalkeeper and a centre-half play quite like they did [in the reverse fixture].

“Ben Williamson was trying to stop them getting the ball and he couldn’t do it.

“They were playing one-twos on the edge of the box, it was quite funny at times.”

Grew was also quick to highlight the style of play Swindon boss Mark Cooper has adopted, that has seen his side gain plaudits from many league rivals.

“Mark’s not going to change his ways, he’s got that system he plays to.

“And I’m sure he is like us, in that he is worrying about what they’re going to do rather than what we are going to do.

“He’s probably done his homework on us, but he has got philosophy in football and he will stick to it,” Grew said.

Vale striker Ben Williamson said his teammates were not getting ahead of themselves when it comes to the promotion push.

Only two points separate the Valiants and sixth place, the final playoff position.

Williamson said: “We are not getting too carried away, we are taking each game as it comes.

“From sixth position down to 15th, everybody is in with a chance.

“Obviously around September/October time, it looked like it was going to be a slog around the bottom of the league.

“But since [Robert] Page has come in and taken over, we’ve really pushed on, now we are looking at can we get a play off spot.”

Vale host Swindon on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

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