Port Vale v Oxford: Micky Adams vows to fix home record
MICKY Adams is thinking positive to ensure Vale set their home record straight against Oxford on Monday night.
The Valiants have won just two of five games at Vale Park this season – a record that contrasts with their form on the road, where they have claimed five victories out of six.
But Adams dismissed suggestions there is any kind of problem and instead vowed to put things right during the televised clash.
"There's no crisis of confidence at home and no jinx," he said. "We're doing great and if we get our points at home or away, it doesn't matter.
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"We do have to find ways to break down teams who come and sit behind the ball and perhaps that's been a little bit of an Achilles heel so far.
"Teams have arrived with a negative attitude and sometimes it has been difficult to break down.
"In fact, I can't remember the last time anyone came here and played 4-4-2. It has not happened and that's a real compliment to us."
Adams has talked of keeping a high tempo so opponents don't get the chance to regain their shape.
"The emphasis is always on the home team to attack and show their fans they're a decent side," he said.
Meanwhile, the draw for next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy takes place tomorrow and Adams is feeling confident, no matter who Vale are paired with.
"We'd prefer a home tie, but we've shown we don't mind where we go," he said.
"It would be nice to win a competition like that."
Victories against League One sides Tranmere and Walsall have put the Valiants into the area quarter-finals and Adams added: "Beating teams like that breeds confidence and we'll try to keep the run going.
"There are some good teams left in the competition, but we've got half a chance whoever we draw."
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