Richards eyes promotion push

Vale forward hopes to continue good form

Richards: Eyes promotion

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Port Vale striker Justin Richards believes they have what it takes to mount a promotion push this season after a great start to the campaign.

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The Valiants have set the pace in League Two this term, with just one defeat from their opening six games.

Richards, who joined the club from Cheltenham in the summer, says that confidence is high and hopes they can continue their impressive form throughout the season.

"Promotion has got to be the next natural step for this club considering how close they came to finishing in the top seven last year," he told skysports.com.

"Everyone aims high in football these days and we are no different in that respect."

The 29-year-old played a big part in keeping Cheltenham in the Football League last season, after scoring 15 goals to help the Robins beat the drop, but he is delighted to now be fighting at the opposite end of the table.

"I enjoyed my time at Cheltenham, but to be involved at the top brings a different type of pressure with it," he added.

"It is obviously a better pressure to be dealing with because you've got a chance of winning some silverware and gaining promotion as your ambitions rather than simply surviving the drop."