Port Vale: Micky Adams calls for players to shine on TV date
MICKY Adams wants Port Vale to show the footballing world why they are top of the table.
The Valiants boss is calling on his players to produce a clinical demonstration of their ability in tonight's TV date at AFC Wimbledon (7.45pm).
Adams says the game, to be shown live on Sky television, provides the perfect opportunity to highlight their credentials as League Two pace-setters.
"There'll be a bigger audience for the game and it's a chance for us to showcase ourselves as a club and a team," he said.
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"It's also an opportunity for the players to showcase themselves as individuals.
"Wimbledon are improving and on a good run of form at the moment, so it's perhaps not the best time to play them.
"But we're the leaders and we've got to go out and embrace the fact we're top.
"We're there on merit, so we've got to stick our chests out."
Adams sees playing on a Thursday night as a chance to seal a march on Vale's promotion rivals – and increase their one-point lead over Gillingham.
"It's an unusual night for football, but it gives us a chance to put a bit of daylight between us and those teams that are chasing us," added Adams.
"We have first crack, before the others play at weekend, so it's a great opportunity for us and if we manage to beat them it will be a great boost."
The Dons are the only team yet to play the Valiants this season, after December's home game fell victim to the weather.
But Adams knows all about Neal Ardley's men, who remain second-bottom of the table despite winning two of their last three games.
"Our scouts have been out and watched them several times," he said.
"They've strengthened their team recently, particularly by bringing in Peter Sweeney, who is a former Stoke boy.
"I'm sure he'll get a nice reception from the Vale fans!
"But we know their strengths and weaknesses and, hopefully, we'll give them more problems than they give us."
Wimbledon remain hopeful that the game will beat the big freeze.
A team of volunteers – including boss Neal Ardley – helped to clear the Kingsmeadow pitch of snow yesterday and covers were put on to prevent frost damage.
"The good news is that where the snow has been cleared, the grass is quite soft and doesn't look frozen," said a club spokesman.
"We're in the hands of the elements, but we're hoping for the best."
A decision regarding the conditions will be made this morning.