Midfielder Anthony Griffith has told the official Port Vale website that the side will have a battling mentality in place for the cup tie against Brighton.
It is good to see people around the area talking about us going into the next round. We have been putting a smile onto people’s faces because it’s not all roses around Stoke-on-Trent at the moment…
Griffith told the official website: “We will be seen as underdogs, but being at home will give us an advantage. It has to be better than going down there and playing in that new stadium against a Championship side.
“Being the underdogs doesn’t really bother me to be honest, I will just be going into a game and trying to battle and win the game and trying to keep that momentum going that we have.
“It is good to see people around the area talking about us going into the next round. We have been putting a smile onto people’s faces because it’s not all roses around Stoke-on-Trent at the moment.
“It is all about who wants it on the day, it is about their approach as well as ours. This is going to be a proper FA Cup tie where it is going to be ‘over our dead bodies’.
“It will be an FA Cup tie where ‘we want to win it more than you’ type of thing, roll your sleeves up and go into battle.
“I have never been as far as this in the competition so I am excited and there is an opportunity there to get into the next round. It is there if we want to grab it.
“I know they are a fantastic passing team, but we have played fantastic passing teams before and at the end of the day everybody is human. We are men on the pitch – nobody is superhuman on the pitch.”
Vale’s recent cup record
- 2012-13: Second round
- 2011-12: First round
- 2010-11: Third round
- 2009-10: Second round
- 2008-09: Second round
- 2007-08: Second round
- 2006-07: Second round
- 2005-06: Fourth round
- 2004-05: Second round
The last time Vale reached the fifth round was in the 1995-96 season