Port Vale: Chris Neal says Valiants are crucial to success
GOALKEEPER Chris Neal says Port Vale's away-day supporters make a world of difference to the team.
The Valiants head to Torquay tomorrow looking for their 10th win of the season on the road.
And the popular stopper believes the club's travelling fans have been a major factor behind their success.
"I can't believe the away support we get," said Neal, who is hoping for another big turn-out at Plainmoor.
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"It's great for the players and we really enjoy their backing.
"I'm told the club always takes a good following to Torquay because some of the fans like to make a weekend of it.
"So I'm looking forward to going down there and hopefully they can turn it into something like a home game for us.
"It's really special when the Vale fans are behind my goal.
"I thrive off their support and passion for the game.
"Maybe they don't realise how important they are sometimes."
Vale will be looking to make it nine games unbeaten away from home for the first time since 1969 and Neal says the team's attacking approach has also helped.
"We don't sit back like many teams would," said the 27-year-old.
"We always go out and attack and that surprises people.
"Torquay haven't had the best of runs lately, but we need to go down there, prepare right and hopefully get a good result.
"That would make the journey back a bit easier for everyone."
VALE fans can pay on the day at Torquay.
Prices for seating are adults £20, concessions £16 and under-16s £6. For terracing, it's £17, £13 and £6.
ORGANISERS of a tribute evening to former Port Vale player Lewis Haldane are expecting the event to prove popular.
Tickets for the fund-raiser, to be held at the Valiant Suite on Sunday, March 17, went on sale yesterday and around 80 of the 250 available have already been sold.
"It looks as though they'll sell pretty quickly," said Rob MacFarlane, who has helped to arrange the event.
"All of the first-team squad will be there and there'll also be a presentation to Lewis, so it should be a good night."
Winger Haldane was forced to retire from football, aged just 27, in October through injury.
Boss Micky Adams and assistant Mark Grew will take part in a question and answer session, while other entertainment will be provided by youth-team player Ollie Marland, who is also a singer.
Tickets, which include a pie and peas supper, are priced £10 and available from the club shop.