Smurthwaite calls for noisy fans and no let up as Vale close in on promotion

The Bycars End on Friday night.

The Bycars End on Friday night.

Four wins from the last four games is what Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite wants from the team as they close in on automatic promotion.

Speaking ahead of the vital home game against Aldershot, Vale’s chief executive said he expected no let up from the team he has dubbed ‘the entertainers’.

He said: “Micky and the lads know exactly what they have to do and the fans will have done the maths.

“I certainly don’t want the chairman or owner of any other club pointing a finger at us and saying we took our foot off the gas at any stage of the run-in.

“I want us to finish on a high with four wins and take that form into next season. I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that.”

Smurthwaite paid tribute to the role supporters have played in the club’s successes so far this season and called for fans to be a twelfth man again tonight.

In the wake of Friday’s 7 – 1 drubbing of promotion rivals Burton Albion, he said: “When I saw our players before the game I could sense they were up for it.

“As they stood in the tunnel the noise was immense and I think it really lifted the lads. There was a sparkle in their eyes and a swagger about them I hadn’t seen before.

“What followed will live long in the memory. It was a terrific advertisement for the club and basically said to people who aren’t among our hard core of fans: ‘If you want to be entertained, come to Port Vale’.”

Vale dropped the price of admission to just £9 for the Burton game and saw the crowd swell to almost 11,000 as a result.

Smurthwaite said: “That attendance has certainly given us some food for thought as we consider season ticket and walk-up prices for next year.

“Listening to the chanting competition between fans in the Railway Stand, Bycars End and Lorne Street was just brilliant.

“It was the kind of atmosphere that our fantastic away following generate. I am so proud of them when we travel.

“They have definitely been the difference in some games this season – like in the last 15 minutes against Chesterfield where we snatched a point.

“The trick for us now is to create that kind of buzz for all our home games.”

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