Port Vale: We'll continue to work hard during cold snap, vows Adams
MICKY Adams has warned his Port Vale players there'll be no time to relax.
The table-topping squad are in for plenty of hard work, despite the fact Saturday's game at home to Bradford City fell victim to the weather.
Adams said while other teams might have taken the opportunity of an extra day off, there's no way the Valiants will be allowed to take their foot off the pedal.
"There'll be no easing up from us," he said.
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"We've got 19 big games coming up and we've put ourselves in a great position.
"The last thing we want to do is switch off either physically or mentally and perhaps give the onus to other teams.
"Saturday's game was called off and the likelihood is there will be others postponed in the next few weeks.
"We might have a mini pre-season and perhaps do more work than the rest of the teams around us do.
"I want to ensure we're fit and ready for the second half of the campaign and we'll treat postponements as a time to work even harder."
The Bradford game was called off early on Friday afternoon as heavy snow thwarted the club's efforts to get the game on.
Chairman Paul Wildes had brought in industrial blowers to help thaw the icy Vale Park pitch.
But more snow on Friday rendered the efforts of groundsman Steve Speed futile in the end.
Vale's next game is now the televised clash at AFC Wimbledon on Thursday and Adams insists his team will be ready.
"It's certainly no time to relax," he said.
"Our fitness in the first half of the season has been superb and I think it will be vital in the second half, too.
"If that means we have to put a shift in around a track or around a park somewhere then that's what we'll do.
"The lads who've known me for three years will know I'm not bluffing when I say that.
"We're in a great position now and it's up to the other teams to try to catch us. I'm sure the others will re-double their efforts against us because we're the leaders and we have to be ready for that."
Meanwhile, Adams says Vale's huge turnover of players this season will stand them in good stead for the promotion push.
The current squad is almost unrecognisable from the one that started the season, and the Vale boss hopes it now has what it takes to go all the way.
Just three players from the team which figured in the final game of last season – Doug Loft, Adam Yates and Tom Pope – started the game at Gillingham last week.
That's a statistic which makes Vale's success so far this season even more remarkable, and which also vindicates Adams's decisions.
"There's no doubt we've had a big turnover of players in a short period of time," he said.
"And it has been through my personal choice more than anything.
"The ones that have been through the cull from when I was first here have done very well to still be here.
"It must mean I hold them in high esteem. But we've also had a big turnover this season. Maybe that's because we've been close, but not close enough.
"We needed to add more personnel to the squad and we've brought in players from the higher echelons of the Football League, players who have experienced promotions before and won't be fazed by the position we're in at the moment.
"That's the revolving door of a League Two footballer's life – the turnover of players at this level is enormous."
Adams said his current crop were players who know just what is needed to stay at the top of the table.
"They'll motivate themselves, more than anything," he said, "but they'll understand we're in a good position and they won't want to blow it.
"We have a fantastic team spirit here and, though there are some tough games ahead, the majority of the squad have experienced this scenario before and they know what's required."