Port Vales Michael Brown relishing the chance to face a top Premier League side

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Port Vale assistant manager Michael Brown has called for his players to step up and progress to the third round of the FA Cup this Sunday.

The Valiants take on League Two outfit Hartlepool at Vale Park with a potential big-money game against a Premier League side in early January if they can progress.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the players,” Brown said of the 3pm kick-off on Sunday.

“We’ve a chance to progress and get a good draw whether that be at home against a lesser team or against one of the top four or five teams in the Premier League which would be a fantastic day for the club.”

Vale have struggled of late, winning just one of their last nine league games, and progress to the third round could give them a timely boost going into a busy Christmas period.

However they will be without a number of player through suspension, including Anthony Grant, Sam Hart and Kjell Knops.

On Purkiss’ shoulder injury, Brown said: “There’s no time scale with Ben he’s just got to keep progressing.

“He’s on the training field and running but he still has some pain but hopefully he’s heading in the right direction.

“We aren’t sure with Anton (Forrester) we will have to see in the coming weeks. hopefully we can get him back sooner than we first thought.”

Striker Martin Paterson and midfielder Sam Foley are also out for Vale’s FA Cup second round tie.

If Vale progress on Sunday, the draw for the next round will take place on Monday evening from 7:10pm.

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