Adams is refusing to take wounded Pilgrims lightly
MICKY ADAMS has warned his Port Vale players against taking struggling, manager-less League Two visitors Plymouth Argyle lightly today.
The Pilgrims travel to the Potteries as underdogs against second-placed Vale following a poor run of results culminating in the sacking of Carl Fletcher on New Year's Day.
Fletcher was dismissed by owner James Brent immediately after the Pilgrims' 2-1 defeat at bottom-placed Bristol Rovers.
Romain Larrieu, who was Fletcher's deputy, and coach Kevin Nancekivell will be in the visiting dug-out at Vale Park this afternoon.
It is believed the short-listed candidates for the Home Park hot-seat were interviewed yesterday, with a view to an appointment being officially announced as early as next week.
However, Adams does not believe Argyle's present problems allows Vale any advantage this afternoon, claiming it makes the visitors more dangerous.
Adams does not want Vale to play at anything less than full throttle and not allow complacency to set in or to feel sympathy for the Pilgrims' predicament.
Also, said Adams, the Pilgrims' players are likely to have a point to prove to their detractors and possibly a new manager, at Burslem.
"Changing rooms are funny things, said Adams.
"I am sure there are people in that dressing room now who think they possibly have more of a chance now than they had before.
"They might have been out of favour with the old manager.
"They lost a game of football, they are not in the best of form. We have to try to capitalise on that.
"I am sure their team talk will be that the new manager may be sitting in the stands, so go out there and do yourselves a bit of good.
"If it was as easy as that we would all do it.
"Confidence is a fragile thing in football, so we have to try to capitalise on their uncertainty at the moment and get back to winning ways.
"I don't think we are going to feel sorry for them. We have a lot of time and respect for the supporters of Plymouth.
"They have been through the mill like we have.
"But they are a big club in terms of support and indeed one of the bigger clubs in terms of budgets as well this season, so they will be slightly disappointed that they are where they are.
"But we can't feel sorry for them."
ARGYLE under-18s clash with Torquay United at Elburton's Haye Road ground this morning has been called off.