Vale won't be relishing their trip to the Lamex - Griffin

BORO striker Charlie Griffin says Boro s attacking capabilities could give Port Vale cause for concern ahead of tonight s (Tuesday) FA Cup First Round Replay clash at the Lamex Stadium. Griffin scored three of Boro s five goals in their 5-3 win over Gates

BORO striker Charlie Griffin says Boro's attacking capabilities could give Port Vale cause for concern ahead of tonight's (Tuesday) FA Cup First Round Replay clash at the Lamex Stadium.

Griffin scored three of Boro's five goals in their 5-3 win over Gateshead at the weekend to top off a week in which he had also scored a last minute equaliser up at Vale Park in the First Round match.

He believes his side has enough to overcome a Port Vale outfit struggling with injuries and suspensions.

Speaking after Saturday's thriller, Griffin said: "We're at home, and the way that we played at Port Vale showed that they won't want to come here.


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"They've seen us score five today and they'll think 'crikey', so we've just got to make sure that we set our minds on it and play the football we can do."

Griffin's hat-trick was his second of the season after his three goal haul against Hayes and Yeading in October and the striker said that although they had to grind out the result Boro played some very nice football at times.

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"It's nice, my second hat-trick of the season. (Going behind) made us look up and think 'crikey, we're a goal behind' and to kick on.

"We know when we play the football we can do and get it down and play we are a great side and that's what we've got to do (against Port Vale)."

Vale will be without suspended captain Tommy Fraser and defender Luke Prosser for tonight's game, while centre-half Gareth Owen is out with a double cheekbone fracture.

Micky Adams' side may have to dispense with playing five at the back in favour of a 4-4-2 for the first time this year as the Vale boss only has two senior centre-backs - Lee Collins and John McCombe - available for tonight's clash.

Vale had planned to bring in a loan player for the game only to learn that a player is only eligible for a replay if he is registered the day before the original tie.

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