Head Coach Andy Smith says Port Vale were lucky against Stevenage in the FA Cup

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Port Vale First Team Coach Andy Smith says his team had luck on their side in their 1-0 FA Cup win over Stevenage.

A first half goal from defender Remi Streete was enough to see off the League Two side, but Jones was not surprised about how the game played out.

He said: “We rode our luck a bit in the second half after a good first half performance, but that’s what you get in the FA Cup sometimes you just have to grind it out. It’s the same every year.”

Stevenage had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half, but crucially then hit the post in the fifth minute of injury time through Matthew Godden.

The Vale coach was keen to point out that his side must maintain concentration and be more ruthless in front of goal next game.

He went on to say: “You have to keep concentration in this game all the time at one hundred percent. We had some chances that went to waste but it’s all about getting through into the next round.”

Smith thinks The Cup benefits the whole of the football club. He said: “The FA Cup is important to the club, getting young supporters involved and enjoying the game is important for the future. Let’s see how far we go and hopefully we can get a big team.”

The Valiants travel to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday for their tie in the Checkatrade Trophy and the Head Coach believes it gives other players a platform, saying: “It will be a difficult one and it gives some of our other lads a chance to show what they can do.”

Vale will still likely be without top scorer Alex Jones for the game, but Smith had positive news regarding his recovery. He said: “Jones is back in training, he wanted to be involved today but we want to protect him and look after his health.”

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