Port Vale: Yates urging fans to help Vale home in on promotion
ADAM Yates is calling on Port Vale's home crowd to follow the example of their travelling army.
More than 1,000 fans roared the Valiants on to a vital 2-0 victory at York City last week.
Now the defender wants a similar show of passion at Vale Park.
Yates believes supporters can make a massive difference as Micky Adams' men close in on promotion with back-to-back home games against Aldershot and Cheltenham.
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"Our away fans always seem to be the ones who are the most passionate," he said.
"And it would be great to have that kind of backing when we're at home.
"The supporters were fantastic at York.
"More than 1,000 of them made a three-hour trip to what is not the nicest of grounds.
"They made a heck of a racket and it really made a difference to the players.
"It was great to see and hear them and it made you realise just how much this club means to them.
"If we could get four or five thousand of them behind us like that at Vale Park, it would help us no end."
The second-placed Valiants have failed to win any of their last four games at headquarters and Yates can understand why fans have been frustrated.
"Most of them have been brilliant this season, but some of those who've been writing us off sit in the stands as home supporters at Vale Park. That's tough to take.
"You always get a minority who have something to say. That's football and they're entitled to their opinions.
"But sometimes the ones moaning are the ones who don't understand the way football works.
"Teams come here looking for a point and they're not going to make it easy for us.
"We're in this together, and if we're not playing particularly well, that's when we need them the most.
"There'll be times when they can drag us through for a win or a point and it might make the difference."