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Brian Horton: Vale will be tricky, but we want to bounce back in League 1

8 October 2015

Horton looking forward to renewing old acquaintances when the Valiants visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

Southend United Football Co-ordinator Brian Horton says the Blues are aiming to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League 1 against his old club Port Vale.

Horton appeared more than 200 times for the Valiants as a player, before going on to manage the Burslem-based side for a number of years.

But he’s full focussed on helping his current employers to get the result at Roots Hall.

“It’s another big game for us on Saturday against a side I obviously know really well,” Brian said.

“When I was there as a player, the group we had at the time reminds me of the group we have here.

“They were really good, enjoyable days. 

“I have seen them a couple of times, I saw them in pre-season against Carlisle United and they’ve had a similar start to us. They’ll come to try and make it hard for us.

“I know Dean Glover, who’s the chief scout now and I also gave Chris Birchall his debut as well. He’s gone on to play in America with David Beckham, living the high life but he’s back at Vale now. He’s a good lad!

“We have two home games on the bounce and we want to make the two games count.”

Blues have been the walking wounded for recent games with a number of injury problems, but Horton is pleased with how the squad is coming together now.

Brian admits Noel Hunt is a doubt, but was pleased to see both Adam Thompson and Stephen McLaughlin come through the under-21s game against Luton Town unscathed earlier this week.

“We’ll monitor Noel Hunt on Friday. The tackle he received at Crewe was a ridiculous challenge. He’s frustrated because he desperately wants to play.

“Ted Smith and Glen Rea are away on international duty and will both miss out.”

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