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Preview: Duff on Port Vale

21 February 2019

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Victory over Cambridge United on Tuesday has put Cheltenham nine points clear of the relegation zone, but ahead of Saturday's meeting with Port Vale manager Michael Duff is fully focused on increasing that gap even further.

A George Taft own goal and Conor Thomas penalty secured three points in midweek.

This Saturday a Port Vale team who lost to Tranmere on Tuesday visit and it's another good opportunity to extend the gap between the Robins and the drop zone if they can record three points.

"They've got people like Tom Pope in the team, if they're putting crosses in the box he's as good as anyone attacking the ball," Duff said on Thursday morning.

"So we'll need to cope physically with not just him but with them. It's about imposing our style of play on them like I think after ten minutes we did against Cambridge.

"My remit since I've been here is to stay up. That is still the remit because we're not safe yet. It's in our hands, it's up to us where we finish, and it's not just rolling out the same old lines - it's what I believe in.

"We work hard every day win, lose or draw on a Saturday. The players get their Sunday's off, but when they are in they're expected to work hard."

Tickets for Saturday's game are on sale online here. You can also buy from the ticket office today until 3pm and on Friday between 10am and 3pm. Tickets are also available on the turnstiles on the day of the match.

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