Port Vale: Burge ready to pit his skills against Dutch master
MIDFIELD ace Ryan Burge is putting dreams of promotion on the back-burner.
Victory against AFC Wimbledon in midweek means the table-topping Valiants are now 12 points clear of the play-off places with 16 games to go.
But the 24-year-old, who has produced a string of impressive performances since establishing his place in the side, is determined to keep his feet on the ground.
"We've created a bit of a gap to those chasing us, but we can't afford to start thinking about going up at the moment," he said.
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"We've seen teams slip up before and we don't want that to happen to us.
"We're certainly there to be shot at now, but we won't be getting carried away.
"We'll just keep doing what we've been doing – the things that have got us to where we are – and see where it takes us."
Vale are in the middle of a dazzling run of form as they go hunting for a 10th away win at struggling Barnet tomorrow.
A run of four wins in their last five games has lifted the Valiants four points clear at the top of the table.
"We've been playing well all season, which is obviously why we're top of the league, but just lately we've been taking it to the next level," said Burge.
"We've got a great squad, particularly with the new players coming in during January.
"There is a lot of experience here now and with the players we've got at the club, anything is possible."
Burge can't wait for a rare chance to test himself against a legend of the game at Barnet when he comes up against the vastly experienced Edgar Davids.
The 39-year-old former Juventus, Inter Milan, Spurs and Holland star is player-coach at Underhill and expected to figure in central midfield tomorrow.
"I used to watch him in the major tournaments when I was younger," said Burge.
"He was one of the best central midfield players in the world and it will be great to play against him.
"He's a lot older now, obviously, but he brings a lot to their team and means you can't take Barnet for granted. We've got to be 100 per cent on it.
"I don't think he'll be asking me for my shirt after the game, but I don't want his shirt either ... I just want three points."