Port Vale: Positive approach can reap cup rewards, says Grew
PORT Vale are planning to fight fire with fire in a bid to cause an FA Cup upset this weekend.
Assistant manager Mark Grew says the Valiants won't change their forward-thinking philosophy when they travel to Sheffield United for Saturday's second-round clash.
The Blades are unbeaten at Bramall Lane, and have been one of the most prolific scoring sides in League One on home turf, with 18 goals already.
But Vale's own attacking prowess has seen them win six times on the road this term and Grew says they'll continue with the front-foot approach.
"We'll go to Sheffield and be positive because that's the way we play," he said, "and hopefully we'll give them food for thought.
"We've got to be resolute at the back and keep a solid shape, but if we go there to defend, we'll lose.
"We only know one way to play at the moment and that's to attack people.
"We've had a lot of success this season from doing that and we're not going to change it."
Grew is well aware of the threat posed by a United side whose defeat at Brentford at the weekend was only their second of the campaign.
But he believes Vale have enough in their locker to spring a surprise and take their place in the third round.
"We've got to be disciplined and respect Sheffield United because they're the higher club and have some really good players.
"They wouldn't be so high in the table if they were a poor side.
"It's no doubt going to be a difficult game and we've got to be spot on, but there's nothing to be scared about and we have threats that can cause them problems."
Grew reckons all the pressure will be on the home side.
"Everybody will be expecting them to win, but we're on a high at the moment and we'll go to Sheffield to enjoy it," he added.
"When you look back over your career, these are the games you will remember.
"The lads are looking forward to it. It's a lovely stadium to go to and we're taking 2,500 or 3,000 fans.
"They'll make an awful lot of noise and if that doesn't inspire the lads, nothing will.
"There are always one or two upsets, so why can't it be us? That's the gaffer's attitude."
Grew dismissed suggestions Blades boss Danny Wilson might rest a few of his players for the game.
"I don't think they'll make changes," he said.
"If it hadn't been against Port Vale, then I think they might have done.
"But with the gaffer going back there, the last thing they would want is to lose, so I think Danny will field a strong team."
Vale's number two has cup fever of his own and can't wait to see if his team can add United to an impressive list of scalps.
"Everyone looks forward to the FA Cup, no-one more than myself," he added.
"I still get as excited as the lads now, and I love being the underdogs.
"I've had some great games in the cup myself down the years.
"Everyone remembers the game when we beat Tottenham 2-1 at our place, but I remember our game at Derby at the old Baseball Ground (in 1990).
"That was one of the best games I've played in.
"There were eight or nine thousand Vale fans roaring us on against a side in the old Division One who had players of the calibre of Peter Shilton and Dean Saunders.
"We had drawn 1-1 at home and we beat them 3-2 that night.
"It was great, but it was the scariest 15 minutes of my life at the end because they just bombarded us.
"But we came through it and I really enjoyed that."
What price a shock of similar proportions on Saturday?