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No fear for us: Joyce

Luke Joyce says that League Two title chasers Port Vale hold no fear for the Reds. Stanley face a torrid month against the top teams with, after second-placed Vale on Saturday, Southend, Exeter and Cheltenham next up.

Luke Joyce says that League Two title chasers Port Vale hold no fear for the Reds.

Stanley face a torrid month against the top teams with, after second-placed Vale on Saturday, Southend, Exeter and Cheltenham next up.

“We have beaten Port Vale, Southend and Cheltenham so we have to take confidence from that,” said the Reds captain.

“We beat Port Vale 2-0 at our place and they are a good side but we are confident and maybe we can spring a surprise as other teams have been doing lately.”

Joyce admitted that the point at Plymouth will hopefully look a good one at the end of the season with Stanley three points off the drop zone and the Pilgrims staying below them.

“We had to make sure Plymouth didn’t steal any points on us, which we did, but looking back we had enough chances to win the game and, if we had got one goal, I think we would have gone on to win comfortably.

“But we have to take that point and build on it now.”

Joyce admitted the head injury to Nicky Hunt – where he needed 10 minutes  of treatment on the pitch and went straight to Plymouth hospital – did knock the team out of its stride at a time when they were on top of proceedings.

“It was horrid and you never want to see anything like that,” said the skipper.

“It was a nothing challenge and I had turned away and then he was flat on his back and not moving.

“He was shaking on the ground and there were no signs of him talking or coming around.

“It’s hard to play on after that as you are thinking about if your team-mate is okay but, as the game goes on, you do have to put it to the back of your mind and make sure you made it worthwhile for him and, with a point, I think we did.”

 
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