Port Vale defender Samuel Hart is relishing the opportunity to make his first ever appearance in the FA Cup on Saturday when League Two side Stevenage visit Vale Park in the first round of the competition.
The 20 year-old Liverpool loanee, who confirmed he will stay at Vale until the end of the season, scored his first senior goal for the Valiants in the 3-1 reverse at Bolton last weekend. The defeat left the club 11th in League One.
Port Vale have won one of their last seven games in all competitions and Hart is not only hoping the magic of the cup will help bring an up turn in results for the side, but revealed his dreams of Vale having a successful run in the tournament.
“It’s my first time playing [in the FA Cup], at Liverpool that’s where you might get a game but you never know,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to Saturday, growing up I watched a lot of games and watched a lot of upsets so it’s going to be really good for us.
“It’s a big cup, everyone wants to get to the latter rounds and hopefully get to Wembley. There are dreams and there are upsets, so that’s what we’re going to go for.”
Hart also acknowledged Vale’s slow start to games in recent weeks, trailing at half time in each of their last four fixtures and conceding three goals inside the opening 20 minutes last weekend.
The hosts will be narrow favourites going in to the tie with Stevenage but Hart expects them to prove tough opposition and urged the side to begin the game quickly.
“Obviously playing against a lower league team is always hard, just like when we faced Mansfield in the cup. It’ll be a really tough and physical game but we have to be ready for it.
“We really need to start fast, we need to be positive with lots of intent going forward and be tight at the back.”