Cup run boosts Vale coffers

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Martin Foyle admits Port Vale's Carling Cup run has been a welcome boost to the club's finances.

Vale travel to Tottenham for a fourth round encounter on Wednesday, having already seen off Preston, QPR and Norwich.

With money tight at the League One club, Foyle concedes the extra cash is a major help at Vale Park.

"That's pressure that a lot of people outside don't see that the chairman and board put on the manager and coaching staff that we do need a cup run," Foyle told Sky Sports News.

"It's not budgeted for, but it's a massive boost for the club financially to have another good season bringing the money into Port Vale."

The trip to White Hart Lane will see Foyle come up against his former Vale team-mate Anthony Gardner, who joined Spurs in a £1 million deal in January 2000.

Gardner is expected to start against his first club and Foyle is looking forward to meeting up with the defender.

He added: "Ant Gardner is a tremendous lad. He did great for us and was worthy of a move to Tottenham.

"He is a decent lad. I know he'll be playing and he will want to put on a show, but hopefully we can get one past him."

Foyle is aware of the task facing his players, after Spurs beat Premiership champions Chelsea on Sunday, but he hopes Vale can rise to the challenge.

"We're thoroughly looking forward to it," continued Foyle. "It will be a great day out for the supporters, the staff and everyone concerned with the club.

"We've beaten three Championship sides and it's been great for the lads, who have raised their game and performed very well in those three games.

"We need to take that a step further now. We know how hard it's going to be, we will not kid ourselves, but we can only do our best."