Port Vale will not be distracted by fan protests - Tom Pope

Port Vale striker Tom Pope
Pope has not scored for Port Vale since 14 October

Port Vale striker Tom Pope has said his team will not be distracted by fans' protests planned for before the home game against Aldershot on Saturday.

A demonstration against the current board of directors is expected to begin outside Vale Park around 30 minutes before kick-off.

"You can't let it distract you," striker Pope told BBC Radio Stoke.

"On the pitch, we've got to do our job, put it to the back of our minds and concentrate on the football."

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As well as the pre-match protests, fans are expected to remain in their seats for eight minutes after the final whistle, to represent the £8m that the partnership was initially reported to be worth to the League Two club.

On the field, Vale are hoping to extend their unbeaten run to three matches, following a 0-0 draw against Torquay and a 2-1 victory at bottom club Dagenham.

Pope, a childhood Port Vale supporter, has not scored in any of his last nine games for Vale, but is confident that his goal drought will end soon.

"It's not like I'm not getting the chances," said the former Crewe and Rotherham forward.

"I had a couple of decent chances on Saturday [at Dagenham] and the keeper made a couple of good saves and against Torquay, the keeper made a great save from me.

"I think I'm probably trying too hard when the chances are coming my way and snatching at things."

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