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Parkinson aware of Vale threat

27 September 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson says that his players will be made fully aware of the threats Port Vale possess ahead of Saturday's eagerly-anticipated fixture between the two sides at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Vale, who sit joint second with Parkinson's men in the table despite losing to table-toppers Gillingham last time out, are the current top-scorers in League 2 so far. They also boost the league's leading marksman, Tom Pope, in their ranks.

With Vale boss Micky Adams in the crowd for Tuesday's dramatic win over Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup though, Parkinson is pretty sure that Saturday's visitors will have their thoughts filled by some of City's key men as well.

Parkinson said: "They've (Port Vale) made a good start and scored a lot of goals. They've had some outstanding wins - the six-two game against Rotherham, plus scoring five at Fleetwood and three at Plymouth.

"We clearly know that they have some good attacking players. We will make sure that, come three o'clock, the players are fully aware of the strengths of their side.

"Equally though, I'm sure Micky saw some things on Tuesday that might well give him some concern going into this (Saturday's) game."

With both sides flying high in the league and a good following expected from both sets of supporters for the game, Parkinson is hoping for another bumper noise around Valley Parade.

Parkinson added: "I think when two teams have had good starts, it always adds something extra to it (the match)."

"I should imagine Port Vale will be bringing a large contingent of travelling supporters to the match, which will increase the atmosphere around Valley Parade.

"As I said after the Burton game, our supporters have a big part to play on Saturday.

"Our lads have had a game Tuesday but I know that the extra adrenaline created by a great atmosphere inside the ground, like we had on Tuesday, can lift our players an extra 10-15%.

"Anything our supporters can do to help us would be greatly appreciated indeed."

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