Port Vale: Let's keep promotion dream in our own hands, says Micky Adams
MICKY Adams has urged his players to seize the chance to stay in control of their own destiny.
Promotion-chasing Vale, who are three points clear of the play-off places, have seven matches remaining, starting with tomorrow's home encounter against bottom-of-the-table Aldershot.
And Adams, desperate to end a run of three defeats in four matches on home turf, is calling on his team to focus solely on themselves.
"We must get our own house in order," said the Vale boss.
"Everything is in our hands and that's how we want it.
"If it stays like that for the next seven games, then that will be terrific. We don't want to be worrying about anyone else's results."
The Valiants emerged from a poor run of form to secure a 2-0 victory at York City last weekend, which saw them leapfrog Burton back into second place.
Adams says his side must build on that success and set the standard back at headquarters tomorrow.
"There's no doubt about the importance of this game, and we need to set the tempo," he added.
"That was key to winning last week and we want to start in the same vein.
"If you can start well, and perhaps get an early goal, then it settles everyone down.
"We want to put pressure on Aldershot, but we must keep a decent shape and remember that there are 90 minutes to win a game of football."
Midweek wins for their promotion rivals saw the Shots slump to the bottom of the table.
But Adams says Vale must show no mercy to the visitors.
"Going to the bottom will have been a real gut-wrencher for them and they need wins now, not draws.
"Their best policy is to come here and look for all three points, but we want back-to-back victories to cement our place.
"Aldershot will be scrapping for their lives, but they're bottom of the table for a reason.
"We've got to be positive, show the same determination and get a result."
Right-back Richard Duffy and left-back Dan Jones return to the squad after recovering from a virus and knee injury respectively.
But centre-half Darren Purse (calf) and Rob Taylor (hand) are set to miss the game.
Doug Loft returns from suspension to replace midfielder Chris Birchall, who is away with Trinidad and Tobago.
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