Port Vale "fully prepared" for tough Boro FA Cup tie

PORT Vale defender John McCombe has called on his team-mates to treat their FA Cup first round tie against Boro tomorrow as a normal league game . McCombe believes Vale will need to show the same kind of intensity they play with in League Two to see off

PORT Vale defender John McCombe has called on his team-mates to treat their FA Cup first round tie against Boro tomorrow "as a normal league game".

McCombe believes Vale will need to show the same kind of intensity they play with in League Two to see off Graham Westley's men.

"They're coming here to cause an upset and we don't want that," McCombe, whose side currently sit in 13th place in English Football's fourth tier, told The Sentinel.

"Any team near the top of the Blue Square Premier must be good. They are doing well and are above the likes of Mansfield, York and Luton, so it's going to be a hard game.

"Stevenage will think they can cause an upset and their standard of football isn't too different from ours.

"We've just got to take it as a normal league game, give 100 per cent and hopefully we'll be good enough to get through."

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Meanwhile, Port Vale boss Micky Adams admitted that Boro have enough in their armoury to cause his side problems.

Adams had Stevenage watched during their 1-1 draw against Kettering last weekend and will also call upon the help of former Vale boss Martin Foyle whose current side, York City, gained a 1-1 draw last month.

Adams said: "I've had a couple of reports on Stevenage, and they are a good side.

"They are a big, physical team that will present us with problems.

"From Monday we started to get the players tuned into what's facing us tomorrow (Saturday). We couldn't have had a week where we just went through the motions - we had to get the work done to make sure we are fully prepared, which we are.

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