Port Vale: Young Valiants preparing for another big test
COACH Mick Ede is backing Port Vale's young guns to shoot down another of the big boys tonight (7pm).
The club's under-18s take on Everton at Vale Park with a place in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup at stake.
And Ede, who saw his team pull off a major shock when they beat Crystal Palace in the last round, is hoping they can repeat the feat.
It'll be no easy task, of course, as Everton, like Palace, play at a higher level than the Vale lads, but there is the incentive of a trip to either Fulham or Arsenal for the winners. "This is the biggest game of their careers so far for our lads," said Ede.
"It's the one competition we play in where they can test themselves against the top players and better teams.
"Everton are certainly one of those. I'd say they are up there as one of the favourites for this competition.
"It will be tough, but we have done really well to beat Bury and then Palace already, so who knows? It's all about who performs on the day."
Ede has a fully-fit squad to choose from as Vale bid to reach the fifth round for the first time since 2007/08, when they went on to reach the quarter-finals.
That should mean places in the team for the likes of goalkeeper Ryan Boot, central defender Doug Price, striker Ollie Marland and midfield ace Will Whieldon, who scored in the 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park in round three.
But Ede says Vale will approach the game with the same team philosophy and work ethic which has carried them this far.
"There are no superstars in our team," he said. "It's not a team of individuals.
"Everything we do, we do as a team. Every member of the squad has the same goals for the club.
"We drum into them that it's a team effort and we hope that, combined with the 'work hard' approach which runs from the top of the club to the bottom, it will be enough.
"We've done our homework on them, and we've come up with a game plan.
"They play a similar game to ourselves in that they defend well and press quickly.
"We'll probably have to accept that they'll have more possession, but it's 11 versus 11 and we're going for it."