Port Vale assistant Michael Brown wary of Stevenage in FA Cup first round

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Port Vale assistant manager Michael Brown recalled his fond memories of FA Cup giant killings, ahead of their first round tie against Stevenage.

The Valiants welcome the League Two club to Vale Park on Saturday, as they look to reach the second round in consecutive seasons.

Although they are a lower league side, Brown expects their opponents to test them having won four games in a row.

“I think it will be new to some of the younger players and players from different countries so we’re going to have to stress how difficult it is,” he said.

“We had a little bit of a lesson going down a level at Carlisle and it showed us how difficult it can be and Stevenage will be no different.”

Brown reached the FA Cup final with Portsmouth in 2010, but narrowly lost out to Chelsea courtesy of a Didier Drogba goal.

But the player-assistant boss has fond memories of the competition.

He added: “Luckily, with Portsmouth I’ve experienced a fantastic semi-final which was unbelievable to beat Tottenham at Wembley in a game which nobody give us a chance in.

“The club was supposed to be closed down within days.

“And we had others players like myself, (Jamie) O’Hara, (Ricardo) Rocha and Kevin-Prince (Boateng) came from Tottenham so it meant a lot to us that game.”

Kick off at Vale Park on Saturday is 3pm.

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