Port Vale v Sheffield United: Micky Adams ready for return to former club
MICKY Adams says his players will be going all out to put on a special FA Cup show for Port Vale's travelling army of fans.
The Valiants will be backed by more than 3,000 supporters when they travel to League One Sheffield United for tomorrow's second-round clash (3pm) and boss Adams – making a return to his former club – is determined to make them proud.
"To have so many following us is fantastic," he said, "and we don't want to let them down.
"It's a terrific show of support, but I shouldn't be surprised because they're good fans.
"They've really bought into this game, and it certainly helps that we've got a decent record away from home.
"We're not going to win the cup, but we'll try to go as far as we can."
Lifelong Blades fan Adams is looking forward to going back to Bramall Lane, and insists Vale won't be too concerned by the strength of their opponents.
"It's a cracking tie that has all the ingredients to be a good game," he added.
"I don't want my team going to a bigger club and worrying about what they're going to face.
"We've shown in cup games against Tranmere and Walsall that we can give anyone a game, so I think we can go there and put on a performance.
"It's important to get on the ball, be nice and comfortable with it and be positive.
"Everybody's excited and looking forward to it, and we're desperate to be in the hat for the draw on Sunday.
"The third round brings a lot of attention and a lot of money with the right draw, so we'll certainly give it a go."
Adams admitted United, who are unbeaten at home this season but have won just one of their last five games, have plenty of weapons.
"They're decent, particularly going forward, so we have to be mindful of their threats," he said.
"But if we play our game the way we want to, then we can cause teams problems at any level.
"We have an attacking policy that has worked well for us all season, so I don't see our approach being any different for this game."
Adams ended his first stint at Vale Park to become United manager in December 2010.
But he failed to save them from relegation to League One and, having been sacked, made a quick return to Burslem.
It has left him unsure of the reception he'll get on his return to Bramall Lane.
"Everyone knows I'm a United fan and it's sad for me that it didn't work out, but five months is never long enough at a club," he said.
"I'm not sure how it will feel to go back. I've focused this week on preparing the team and making sure they're right and not thought about me, but it will be special for me and my family."
TICKETS for the cup clash are still available and will remain on sale until 2pm today.