Port Vale’s Rigino Cicilia adapting to the ‘physically hard’ English game

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Port Vale striker Rigino Cicilia has acknowledged that the intensity is higher in English football than in Holland, as he starts to find his groove in the English game.

The Curacaoan centre forward, who moved to Vale from The Netherlands,  netted his first goal for the Valiants to halve the deficit against Oxford United last weekend.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers, Cicilia has admitted he has been frustrated but has started to get used to football in England following his first Vale goal.

“Of course there was a little bit of frustration but as a striker you will get chances and you have to keep going and wait for another one – wait for the right moment and be sharp. It is a physically hard game and you have to work hard. The intensity is a bit higher than what I am used to back in Holland,” he said.

“It is very important for strikers to score goals and I am happy that I did but I would rather win the game. At the end of the season I will look at how much I have scored.”

Cicilia thinks the Bolton game will be tough and he expects even more physicality: “Bolton have some big players at the back so it will be very physical for me.

“Bolton are a good team. You have to stay sharp and concentrate on getting a good result.”

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