PORT VALE have vowed to enter Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Sheffield United with all guns blazing.
Mark Grew, the League Two club’s assistant manager, made the admission in response to claims the visitors, who have scored 52 goals in 24 outings this season, could adopt a more conservative approach against Danny Wilson’s side.
“We’ll go to Sheffield and be positive because that’s the way we play and hopefully we’ll give them food for thought,” Grew said.
“We’ve got to be resolute at the back and keep a solid shape, but if we go there to defend, we’ll lose.
“We only know one way to play at the moment and that’s to attack people.
“We’ve had a lot of success this season from doing that and we’re not going to change it.”
“We’ve got to be disciplined and respect Sheffield United because they’re the higher club and have some really good players,” Grew added.
“They wouldn’t be so high in the table if they were a poor side.
“It’s no doubt going to be a difficult game and we’ve got to be spot on, but there’s nothing to be scared about and we have threats that can cause them problems.”
Around 3,000 Vale supporters are expected to travel from Staffordshire to South Yorkshire. Kingsley James, the former United midfielder, should start for Micky Adams’ second-placed team while new signing Calvin Zola could be paired with the prolific Tom Pope in attack.
United slipped to fourth in League One after losing at Brentford.
“I think I’ll do well here and score a lot of goals,” Zola said.
“I’m a pacy striker, I’m strong, I hold the ball up well, I can go past people so I think I’ll be quite exciting for the fans.
“I’ll certainly give 100 per cent, there’ll be a lot of enthusiasm and determination.”