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Embleton on Port Vale, Pitches & Postponements

2 February 2016

ROSS Embleton is anticipating that the size of the pitch at Vale Park will help Town's game when they take on Port Vale in the Potteries this evening (7.45pm KO).


Having been called off twice before due to a waterlogged pitch on both occasions, Embleton recalled being notified about the postponements.

 

“It was a good hour and a quarter (into the journey) before we got the call (the first time)," he said. "When it came through that it had been called off it threw everyone out a little bit. (The second postponement) shows at that stage - like a lot of the country - there was a lot of water around and clearly their pitch was suffering. We’d planned training as a contingency so it wasn’t quite as bad.

 

“Hopefully it (the pitch) has improved. Having watched a couple of their games recently it’s perhaps a little bit better than we were anticipating so, if that’s the case, the size of the pitch will hopefully help us."

 

Town's First Team Coach also assessed this evening's opponents.


“They’ve got a very good record at home," he declared. "Having watched them in detail in preparation for this game you can see they’re very hard to break down. You saw from the last two games perhaps, against Sheffield United and Barnsley, that we’re at a stage where the type of football we’re playing again is being respected by the opposition and they’re setting up to stop us."


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