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VIDEO: John Sheridan wants to see Argyle get 'on the front foot' in FA Cup replay

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

Jake Cole makes a brave save to deny Louis Dodds in Argyle's 2-2 draw at Port Vale on January 5

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PLYMOUTH Argyle will try to move into the last 32 of the FA Cup for the first time since 2008 when they play Port Vale at Home Park tonight (7.45pm).

The third round replay follows an exciting 2-2 draw between the teams at Vale Park on January 5, when the Pilgrims rallied from a two-goal half-time deficit.

At stake for the winners is £67,500 in prize money and a home tie against Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion.

Fourth round ties are set to be played on the weekend of January 25/26.

Argyle put in an excellent performance at Vale Park and could so easily have ended up winning in the closing stages.

But manager John Sheridan was keen to stress that counted for nothing now, and predicted the League One visitors would be difficult to beat.

Sheridan told Herald Sport: “The disappointing thing is we didn’t win the first game after such a good performance.

“It will be a totally different game tonight and they (Port Vale) will be strong and organised.

“We have got to be on the front foot and take the game to them, which we did at their place, and I hope we can do the same again.

“But I expect them to play a lot better tonight. They have had some good results away from home and we will have to work very hard to get through the tie.”

Argyle have not reached the last 32 of the FA Cup since 2008, when they lost 2-1 away to eventual winners Portsmouth, despite an early goal from midfielder Chris Clark.

The Pilgrims had beaten Hull City 3-2 in the third round at Home Park.

Port Vale have plenty of attacking players in their squad, but one of them – striker Gavin Tomlin – is set to be ruled out of the replay tonight by a hamstring injury.

Tomlin, who put them ahead in the first game against Argyle, had to be substituted in the early stages of the 2-0 defeat at League One leaders Brentford on Saturday.

Defender Richard Duffy is also a definite absentee.

He suffered an ankle injury against the Pilgrims 10 days ago and had to be stretchered off the pitch.

Argyle go into the third round replay with the confidence of losing only two of their last 17 matches in all competitions.

Sheridan said: “I think the players have got a bit of belief and they have got the desire to try to win games.

“I think we have shown that of late, and we are on a decent run.

“They are playing with confidence and it stands us in good stead when they go out onto the football pitch.”

He added: “I know (Port Vale manager) Micky Adams really well and his teams are always hard to beat.

“But if we perform as we have done of late we have got a chance of winning the game.”

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  • queenie1923  |  January 14 2014, 7:20PM

    totally agree with the comments one more thing GREEN ARMY, C.O.Y.G.S.

  • familyman12  |  January 14 2014, 6:57PM

    Up here had my food drinking my pint come on you greens

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  • CJPlymuff  |  January 14 2014, 2:30PM

    Keep the spirit that you played with on Saturday and the last time you played Port Vale and all will be well. COYG's

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  • helterfc  |  January 14 2014, 11:25AM

    Just one thing to say......... COME ON YOU GREENS!!!

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