Tom Pope hopes Vale can continue to climb table

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Port Vale striker Tom Pope believes he and his team have every chance of avoiding the drop and aim to finish the season in the top half.

Ahead of back-to-back home games Pope is confident his side can go on good run of form, despite a winless start to the calendar year, starting with today’s game against out of form Colchester.

Before the weekend clash with the U’s, Pope said: “Every home game you go in with confidence, they’ve come off it in the last month but so have we.

“That’s this league you’re going to have good months and bad months, you’re going to put wins together and put defeats together and that’s League 2 in a nutshell.

“There’s still everything to play for but we need to turn a corner if we’re going to be looking higher up the table we need to start getting some results together.”

Having netted just once in his opening seven league games Pope has since scored a further 14 goals in all competitions which has been one of the main reasons behind Vale’s upturn in form.

Despite an impressive goal scoring run, Pope’s main focus is to make sure his side continue to climb the table.

“It’s always nice to score goals but it would be a lot nicer if we were sitting in the top half of the table, so, hopefully now with a couple of home games coming up we can get some points on the board and a few more goals.”

Vale will go into the game against Colchester with some confidence after earning an impressive point in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

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