Port Vale: Micky Adams looking forward as League Two promotion race intensifies
MICKY Adams is refusing to look over his shoulder as the play-off pack closes in on Port Vale in the promotion race.
The Valiants have seen a 12-point gap to fourth place reduced to just five in less than a month after a run of one win in four games.
Back-to-back home defeats, to Morecambe and Exeter, have given Vale's rivals the chance to pile on the pressure.
But the Vale boss is determined to think positive.
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"People are looking at the teams below us," said Adams, "but I'm looking at Gillingham instead.
"I'm not bothered about what's happening below us at the moment – I want to catch the leaders.
"My focus is three points at Oxford today, then I'll look forward to the next game.
"We're in a great position and we'll strive for as many wins as we can from the remaining 12 games."
Despite their stop-start form, Vale are looking to equal a club record run of 10 away games without defeat at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon (3pm).
But Adams is predicting a tough test against a team which won at leaders Gillingham in midweek.
"They would take some confidence from that," said the Vale boss.
"They've beaten the top team and now they'll want to beat the second best too, so we'll have to be on our toes.
"But their best displays have been away, they've not had a home win for a while and their pitch is not great. Sounds familiar doesn't it?"
Adams will make a late decision over the fitness of Dan Jones after the left-back was sent home from training yesterday because of illness.
Central defender Liam Chilvers returns to the squad following a hamstring injury, while strikers Lee Hughes and Ben Williamson are both fit again following illness.
Young centre-half Joe Davis remains sidelined with a knee problem.
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