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Port Vale's Kris Taylor under pressure to perform

Port Vale defender Kris Taylor
Defender Taylor scored four goals in his first season with Port Vale

Kris Taylor believes Port Vale's defence will be under pressure to perform consistently as the club look to push for promotion this season.

Manager Micky Adams looks unlikely to change the defensive unit that conceded just 50 goals in League Two last term.

"If those players aren't performing, he'll try his best to bring someone in who will," Taylor told BBC Radio Stoke.

"He hasn't brought anyone at the moment, but if we're not performing, he definitely will bring someone in."

Adams has added Nantwich Town defender Ritchie Sutton to his squad on a short-term contract, as well as strikers Justin Richards and Sean Rigg and goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson.

Former Crewe and Rotherham midfielder Gary Roberts is also set to sign a six-month deal when the squad return from their pre-season tour of Ireland.

Taylor, 26, moved to Vale Park on a free transfer in August 2009 and played 49 games in all competitions as Vale narrowly missed out on a play-off position last season.

"In the end you look at it and you could say it was disappointing," added the former Walsall and Hereford full-back.

"We almost blew it ourselves because we had a good chance to make the play-offs.

"I think it's definitely given us more belief going into this season that we can push for a play-off position at worst, and hopefully we can get into that top three."

Vale begin the season with a trip to Bury on Saturday, 7 August.



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