Adam Yates: Port Vale must play like leaders against Fleetwood Town
ADAM Yates reckons Port Vale must raise their game now they're at the top of the League Two table.
The defender is expecting opponents to pull out all the stops when they take on the leaders, and says Vale must perform even better to cope.
Fleetwood arrive in Burslem today as the first team to take on Vale since they went to the summit of League Two.
And Yates said: "Teams are going to come to Vale Park and lift their game against the leaders. We've got to expect that and be ready for it.
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"They'll see that we're top of the table and they'll come here to try to stop us playing even more than before.
"We'll probably have to do the nasty, ugly side of the game before we can get the ball down and play, but that's all part of being top.
"We're there to be shot at now, but it's just another step we'll have to take and we'll have to rise to the challenge."
Yates was part of the team who won 3-2 at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, a result which saw Vale leapfrog long-time leaders Gillingham into pole position.
"It's fantastic for the lads to be top of the table, and probably even more so for the fans," he said.
"We've had such a tough year off the field, with administration, the players not getting paid and then a potential buyer who disappeared. So it's funny that we've come to the end of the year and things have changed around so much.
"There was a time a few months ago when there was a chance this club would not last the season, so what a turn around it has been.
"We've got new owners and we're top of the league. It doesn't get much better than that."
Two goals each for Tom Pope and Louis Dodds, combined with an Ashley Vincent cracker, gave the Valiants a 5-2 win at Fleetwood in September, but Yates would quite happily settle for a scrappy 1-0 win today.
"That was probably one of our best performances of the season so far," he said. "We went there and dominated a side who were renowned for scoring goals and who everyone thought would be right up there this season.
"People were writing us off at the time, and even had us down for relegation at the start. But that win shoved it right down their throats.
"Any sort of win this time would be ideal, as long as we can get three points.
"Fleetwood are pushing for the play-offs, so it's important to keep them behind us as much as we can, and a win for us is obviously a defeat for one of our promotion rivals. It's one of those six-pointers."
Yates is hoping Van fans get right behind the team today.
"This is when we really want the supporters to come out in force," he said.
"We had some disappointing games when we were in administration and fans vented their frustrations, which was fair enough.
"But now is the time for them to get behind us. This year they've been fantastic, but we need them more than ever now."