Port Vale's Adam Yates targets FA Cup third round place

Port Vale full-back Adam Yates
Yates played in the defeat at Burnley in round three last season

Full-back Adam Yates believes Port Vale have a genuine chance of reaching the third round of the FA Cup this season.

Vale play Grimsby in a first round replay on Tuesday, with the winners facing a trip to another non-league team, Salisbury City, in round two.

Yates told BBC Radio Stoke: "It's a bit of a grim place to go but we need to be through to that next round.

"It's a good opportunity for us to get into the third round but we've got to win the replay against Grimsby first."

The two sides drew 0-0 at Vale Park on 12 November.

Vale suffering 'freak' injuries - Yates

Vale, who reached round three last season before losing at Championship side Burnley, have been hit by injuries to several first-team players.

Lee Collins (dead leg) and Doug Loft (knee) were the latest casualties in the 2-0 defeat at Cheltenham on Saturday and both are doubtful for the trip to Blundell Park.

"The injuries aren't strains or pulls. They're more impact injuries and there have been some freak injuries," added former Morecambe defender Yates.

"They're injuries that we've been unlucky with but we've just got to get on with it."

Vale have dropped to 13th in League Two following the loss at Whaddon Road, their fourth defeat in five league matches.

BBC Radio Stoke will have live commentary of Grimsby Town v Port Vale on Tuesday, 22 November from 1945 GMT.

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