Port Vale: Adam Yates pleased to be pulling in same direction as wing wizards
ADAM Yates sends his sympathies to League Two full-backs who have to deal with Vale's flying-wingers Jennison Myrie-Williams and Ashley Vincent.
The Vale right-back says he's delighted to be on the same team as the wing duo, who have helped Vale into the thick of the promotion race.
As a full-back he can give a decent insight into how difficult talented wide-men can be.
He says Myrie-Williams on the right, and Vincent on the left, are a nightmare for opposition defenders.
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He said: "When Jennison came in last year he made the best and quickest impression on me that any winger has. That was because he is so quick and direct. Ashley has come in and been the same.
"I think other teams will be more worried about us than we are about them. I don't think there is another team in this league that has two wingers like we have got. We need to keep them fit."
Micky Adams was planning to take at least one of his wingers off in the closing stages against Rochdale on Tuesday as his side led 2-0.
However, Sam Morsy's dismissal scuppered those plans.
Adams didn't feel able to rest his prize wingers as Rochdale stormed back into the game to claim a point with a 2-2 draw.
At least neither Myrie-Williams or Vincent are on the lengthy Vale casualty list ahead of this afternoon's game at Southend.
Yates added: "Even when sometimes teams double up on them, our wingers still seem to get their crosses in or get shots away.
"Anything that's gone into the box has usually ended up with Tom Pope heading it, a shot being saved, or the ball dropping at Tom's feet. Long may that continue.
"Jennison is such a strong lad that you can't knock him off the ball.
"On Tuesday he had a really bad tackle left on him on the edge of the box.
"Some players might have been down for five minutes, but Jennison was up and running at their centre-halves almost before the referee had blown his whistle.
"Ash is more direct and is probably as sharp a player as I have played with.
"He makes a lot of runs off the ball and, like Jennison, is decent in the air.
"We know that if they get a chance they can run at someone and get past them.
"You know if you are a full-back that, if you have a winger running at you 15 times a game at pace, then more often than not you are going to be struggling."
Rochdale's answer seemed to be to put Myrie-Williams off his game with a couple of meaty challenges.
Micky Adams has made clear he doesn't want his players rolling around pretending to be injured, so Vale will hope referees give their wide-men some protection.
Yates added: "Their lad tried to kick the living daylights out of Jenno, but he never moans and he doesn't stay down injured.
"Look at the tackle on him on the edge of our box. Had Jenno stayed down, I think that might have been a red card."
Yates is expected to line-up at Southend this afternoon.
His rival for the right-back spot Richard Duffy has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and, although he is nearing fitness, is likely to be on the bench.
Yates had spent the season on the bench until Duffy was injured so knows he has some work to do to win a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old would love to stay with his home-town club, but says he can only strengthen his case by impressing on the pitch.
He said: "I want to play as many games as I can. If I can be offered something here I will be happy, but if not I need to make sure I can go to somewhere I want to, and can stay in the league. Everyone wants to play league football."