Port Vale: Adams tipping strike star to find shooting boots
MICKY Adams is backing star striker Tom Pope to return to scoring form.
The prolific front man has failed to find the net in four games – his longest dry spell of the season.
But the Port Vale boss reckons it won't be long before the club's leading scorer finds his shooting boots again.
A goal at Torquay this weekend would make Pope, who signed a new deal with the club at the start of last month, the most successful Vale striker since Andy Jones in 1986/87.
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"Tom has done particularly well so far and he's scored 27 goals," said Adams.
"But there was always going to be a spell during the season where he doesn't get one.
"Just because he hasn't scored for three or four games, people think there's suddenly a crisis.
"But there's no crisis from our perspective just because we lost a game last week and there's certainly no crisis from his perspective just because he hasn't scored for a while.
"I'm sure they will come sooner rather than later."
Adams is taking a positive approach as he looks to get his team get back on track at Plainmoor.
A goalless draw at Barnet was followed by a home defeat against Morecambe last week, but the Vale boss has no intention of changing his team's attacking style.
"We won't go down there looking for a draw," he said.
"We'll try to win the game as we always do and I'll pick a team that I think has the best chance of doing that.
"I'm looking forward to it because we always seem to have a decent game at Torquay.
"There's a nice new stand at the ground, and our fans always enjoy going down there.
"They travel in their numbers and use it as a holiday weekend."
Adams seems likely to stick with the same team for a fifth game in a row.
Central defender John McCombe returns to the squad, having stepped up his fitness by playing 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek.
But two games in a week could be too much at this stage for the 27-year-old, who has been out with a knee injury.
"John is back in the fold, but there are no guaranteed first-team spots at this club," said Adams. "You have to earn them.
"If somebody has been out for five or six weeks as John as has, he has to earn the right to get back in the side."
Young defender Joe Davis is the only player missing as he continues to recover from a knee injury of his own.