Adams wants Port Vale to go mental at Plymouth
PORT Vale must conquer the mind games if they're to continue their encouraging early form.
That's the verdict of manager Micky Adams, who believes his players' mental approach to today's game at Plymouth (3pm) will be vital.
He's determined his squad will arrive at Home Park in the right frame of mind and insists there is no room for complacency.
"Our mental preparation could be even more important than the physical side of it," said Adams, whose side lie third after last week's 6-2 demolition of Rotherham.
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"If we rest on our laurels after last week, we'll be on the receiving end of a poor result.
"If we're mentally strong and enjoy the feeling from the last game, we'll be fine.
"We're getting the plaudits at the moment, but that can change very quickly.
"If we take our eye off the ball, then things can go wrong.
"If we think all we've got to do is turn up at Plymouth, we could be in for a rude awakening.
"We've prepared correctly again and we'll go out and try to do all the right things we did against Rotherham.
"We won't treat Plymouth lightly, but we'll go down there and try to score another six goals if we possibly can."
Vale travelled south yesterday to stay overnight in preparation for the match. And Adams said that was the professional thing to do.
"It would be wrong for any team, even one not in administration, to expect players to travel five hours on a coach and then go out and perform," he said.
"You've got to take excuses away from players and one of the excuses in travelling down to Plymouth can be 'it's a long way and we're tired'.
"The players will have a decent meal inside them, and a good sleep and we'll be ready. No excuses."
Midfielder Darren Murphy remains sidelined by a hamstring strain, with Adams set to name the same team for the seventh game in a row.