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Thompson Confident Of Town's Chances Against Vale

11 March 2017

Nathan Thompson believes Town should take plenty of confidence from their recent performances heading into today’s crucial clash against Port Vale (3pm Kick-Off).


The Reds were unbeaten in three before suffering a 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield last weekend, a game they were extremely unlucky to lose.


All focus is now on trying to come away from Vale Park with what would be a huge three points and Thompson sees no reason why his side can’t get back to winning ways this afternoon.


“We need to continue the way we have been playing,” he said.


“Although we came away with no points last weekend, it was a good performance and we’ve got Nicky (Ajose) coming back today so he’ll bring that lethal touch in-front of goal.


“We’re dominating games again and we’re playing the way that we know we’re capable of and that’s important.


“Obviously at this stage of the season it is about results but performances are back to where we expect them to be.


“We’re not naïve and we know if we are not picking up results, regardless of how well we are playing, then it doesn’t matter at this stage of the season.


“But, at the same time, we can take positives and there are a lot of boys that are still doing their jobs, regardless of the pressure.


“We have seen lads grow up recently, the likes of James Bophy, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill and Brad Barry have stepped up to the plate in the last few games – we have seen big performances from them.


“If they continue that over these last ten games, then this club will be a League One team next season.


“It will be a fight and a scrap on Saturday but if we can regain control and if we can impose our style of play on them early, dominate the ball and get back to scoring goals then I have no doubt that we’ll win.


“We’re not silly, we know we have ten games left and we’ll probably have to win six of those, so Port Vale is a huge game and it is a must-win.”


And Thompson has once again stressed that he is fully committed to helping drag Town out of trouble.


“The Chairman said that we’ll see where we are at the end of the season. The most important thing is to get us out of this mess and I am fully committed to that,” he said when asked about his contract situation.


“I said at the start of the season that I want to take this club into the Championship. It hurts me and I lose sleep to think about where we are at this moment in time.


“We will visit it at the end of the season but we just need to make sure we get out of this relegation fight at the moment.”


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