Port Vale’s skilled striker Jamie Proctor says the staff will likely be trying to take their sturdy end on the County Ground into Thursday’s second leg in Burslem as they attempt to overturn Swindon’s 2-1 benefit.
Vale are one sport away from the Wembley League Two play-off remaining on Saturday May 28, however have to beat a Swindon facet who will likely be trying to construct on their residence win on Sunday. Darrell Clarke’s facet appeared in hassle when former Vale forward Harry McKirdy’s goals put Swindon 2-0 up however James Wilson’s aim seven minutes from time has left the tie in the balance.
Proctor stated: “It is huge. We will at all times consider in ourselves it doesn’t matter what, however the reality of the matter is there’s a one-goal deficit as a substitute of a two. So, that’s going to assist us and it’ll perhaps have an effect on the Swindon lads.
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“We have been in positions earlier than, 2-0 up and also you do really feel comfy, then that one aim simply adjustments it. But it’s all to play for. We will likely be wanting ahead to Thursday, resting up now, engaged on issues that didn’t go too properly and be able to go on Thursday evening.”
Proctor says it was necessary Vale didn’t panic after going 2-0 down on the County Ground as a result of there was nonetheless an extended method to go within the tie.
He stated: “I stated earlier than the sport, and at half time, you possibly can fairly simply get carried away – for instance at 2-0 down you possibly can go chasing and chasing, and go 3-0 or 4-0 down. Then, after the sport, you assume ‘why didn’t we simply keep in it?’
“If it’s a one-off sport then you must chase however we have now one other 90 minutes. It is so simple as that. It is the primary message, there may be one other 90 minutes, don’t go chasing. Luckily sufficient for us we didn’t try this an excessive amount of, we managed to remain within the sport as a result of there have been intervals the place we have been beneath the cosh. But I believe we completed strongly.
“We will now use that perception and I will likely be spreading that message, as will all people else that, look, we have now greater than sufficient to provide on Thursday and get the outcome we’d like.”
Proctor is hoping to have the ability to play an element on Thursday regardless of a hip damage that meant he was solely used as an alternative to the ultimate half-hour on Sunday.
The former Bradford, Bolton and Rotherham striker, who has scored 13 objectives this season, made an affect off the bench as he arrange strike-partner Wilson to attain.
Proctor added: “Over the previous couple of weeks it has been contact and go whether or not I will likely be on the market and out there. So, I’ve needed to handle the place I’m at when it comes to that. I needed to have an injection to attempt to settle issues down and in the end get me via these two video games.
“Two video games in 4 days after an injection, and not likely coaching, is hard. So, we needed to make the decision on the suitable method to get via it. Hopefully come Thursday I will likely be able to go and we’ll see what we go together with.”
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