Port Vale: Valiants urged to prove they are promotion class
MARK Grew wants Port Vale to prove they are promotion-class at title-chasing Shrewsbury tonight (7.45pm).
Assistant manager Grew believes they would have reached the play-offs, but for the club going into administration last month.
The resulting 10-point penalty effectively ended Vale's promotion hopes, but Grew insists it is still important for Vale to prove they were good enough to go up by getting a result against the second-placed Shrews.
He said: "Had we not had the 10-point deduction, then I think we would have been in the top seven now, above Crewe and Oxford.
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"I am sure we have dropped points we shouldn't have done following administration, because of the pressures of money and the lads not getting paid.
"It does affect them. A lot of our players live from month-to-month. If the bills do catch up with them, then you can't tell me they don't worry about their families and their kids."
Vale have their work cut out against a Shrewsbury side who could be promoted on Saturday.
However, Grew says Vale won't be doing them any favours.
He added: "No disrespect to Shrewsbury, but we want them to stay in this league. It is a local derby and there are always good gates."
More importantly, Grew says the Vale squad have their own pride and futures to play for. He explained: "I can't understand people saying the season will peter out.
"There are a lot of players out of contract and they have to put themselves in the shop window, to impress other clubs and the manager here."
Tonight's fixture will be the third attempt to play the match at Greenhous Meadow.
The match was originally postponed on February 4 because of a frozen pitch, then was abandoned after 66 minutes on March 27 after floodlight failure with the Shrews winning 1-0.
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