HUDDERSFIELD TOWN talk is off the agenda as Port Vale prepare for tonight’s FA Cup first-round replay at Stevenage Borough.
A home clash with Lee Clark’s in-form League I side the weekend after this awaits the winner of the showdown at the Lamex Stadium, which fans can watch live on the FA website..
But Micky Adams, manager of the League II team from the Potteries, is thinking no further ahead than 7.45 this evening.
"Playing Huddersfield is not something we’ve discussed, because it won’t happen unless we win at Stevenage," said the former Leeds player.
"We’ve got a tough task ahead of us, and I want the players to be fully focused."
While Vale go into the game licking their wounds after a 2-1 defeat at Rotherham which left them 13th, second-placed Stevenage closed the gap on Blue Square leaders Oxford to five points by beating Gateshead 5-3.
Striker Charlie Griffin, who grabbed the last-gasp leveller which forced a 1-1 draw in the original FA Cup clash at Vale Park, netted four of his side’s goals.
The 30-year-old, who has Football League experience with Swindon and Wycombe and scored 21 times for Salisbury last season, tops the Borough goal chart with nine.
Griffin said of the first clash with Vale: "We played at a really high tempo, got the ball on the ground and looked more of a League II side than they did.
"That division is the place we want to be, and we played really well against them and know we can do even better.
"Our heads didn’t drop after we conceded because we always knew we had a goal in us. It was just a case of when."
Griffin’s words didn’t go down too well with Vale skipper Tommy Fraser, who turned up the heat ahead of tonight’s meeting by blasting: "They are cocky from their manager (Graham Westley) down to the team.
"They already think they’ve got Huddersfield at home in the next round. But I tell you now, they haven’t.
"It’s not so much to do with them being a non-league team. I’ve got every respect for every team I play against.
"But when a team comes here with that sort of cockiness, and saying some of the things I’ve heard, I think maybe it’s not about them being non-league, maybe it’s them thinking they are better than they are."