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1 March 2013

Chris Wilder looks forward to Port Vale



There will be no let up for United despite a superb win at Gillingham on Tuesday night. After beating the side at the top of the table the U’s now face second placed Port Vale at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow before welcoming promotion chasing Rotherham on Tuesday night. It’s a tough run of games but boss Chris Wilder can’t wait to send his team out to face Vale:

“It’s certainly as difficult a period as we have had for a very long time but we got ourselves through the first part of it and we will certainly do our best to get through the second part” he told Yellow Player. “We certainly didn’t do ourselves any sort of justice when we were up at Vale Park earlier in the season, we know we are better than that, and on Saturday we just need to show the sort of qualities that we showed down at Gillingham in midweek. 

The last two games at home against the Valiants have been memorable wins for United:

“Since we’ve been back in the league we have had some fantastic games against Port Vale particularly at home” Chris said.”Fortunately we’ve come out on top in both of them, the first season back when Tommy Craddock has scored a 96th minute winner and then last season when Peter Leven scored from the halfway line. We’ve come out on top twice, and we need to see if we can do that on Saturday for the third time”. 

Chris has huge admiration for his opposite number Micky Adams  tomorrow, having played alongside him and then worked under him at Brighton. 

“This time last year they had 10 points taken off of them for administration, and Micky still managed to get them near to a play-off position. It’s been no surprise for me this year that they are riding high right the way through and going through to March they are right up at the top of the table. I’ve got a lot of respect for the last two managers that I’ve come up against  in terms Martin Allen at Gillingham who’s done a great job for them and Micky as well. Having worked with and played for Micky I know exactly what will be going through his head and what their players will be going through this week, so there will be no bigger challenge for us. 

"They’ve got a great squad and are at the top of the league on merit. They have got a fantastic manager and it’s going to be a great challenge that hopefully we can overcome together, the crowd and the players.”

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