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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 December 2007, 11:43 GMT
Pressure all on Vale - Blakemore
Charlie Blakemore
Charlie Blakemore has brought great FA Cup success to Chasetown
Chasetown manager Charlie Blakemore says all the pressure is on Port Vale in their FA Cup second round replay.

The two lock horns at the Scholars' tiny Church Street ground after the minnows earned a 1-1 draw at Vale Park.

"The only pressure on our players is the pressure we put on ourselves," Blakemore told BBC Sport.

"We don't want to get walloped. There is a massive gap between the sides but we closed that at Port Vale and we are looking to do that again."

Chasetown, of Southern One Midlands, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition and must bridge a five division gap to beat Vale.

They rose to national prominence two seasons ago when they held League One Oldham Athletic to a draw at Church Street in the first round, live on Match of the Day.

This is going to be the biggest night in the club's history by a mile

Charlie Blakemore

Blakemore has taken the Scholars one round further this time and admits he has to pinch himself at the thought that his team are only 90 minutes away from the third round and a home tie with Championship Cardiff City.

"It is going to be a fantastic occasion for everyone involved with the club, for the staff and the players," added Blakemore.

"A club like Chasetown can normally only dream of doing something like this, but it is a reality.

"When we played Oldham two years ago I never thought it would happen again, but we have gone one step further.

"This is going to be the biggest night in the club's history by a mile.

"The Oldham game put us on the map and since then we've done things modestly and built the infrastructure up.

"We're not taking our success for granted and we'll enjoy every minute of it.

"We will prepare for this game properly and then it's all about what happens on the night.

"We will give it our best shot."

SEE ALSO
Chasetown v Port Vale
10 Dec 07 |  FA Cup
Port Vale 1-1 Chasetown
02 Dec 07 |  FA Cup


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