Stoke supporter Brunt has Port Vale in his sights
BRISTOL Rovers striker Ryan Brunt has an added incentive to try and put a further dent in Port Vale's promotion hopes at the Memorial Stadium tonight.
Rovers' main focus will be to improve their own position in League Two by bouncing back quickly following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Chesterfield.
Brunt, however, has more motivation than most to put one over Micky Adams' side.
"I'm a Stokie," joked Brunt, pictured, who arrived at Rovers on a two-and-a-half-year deal during the January transfer window.
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"I'll probably get a bit of stick, but I don't mind that.
"You don't really tend to take much notice of what is being said when you are out on the pitch playing."
The striker, however, acknowledges that putting things right after admitting to a 'poor' team performance at the Proact Stadium on Saturday remains at the forefront of all the players' thoughts.
It was only a fourth defeat Rovers have suffered during a much-improved run of form in the 15 games since John Ward succeeded Mark McGhee in December.
"We can't say that it doesn't matter just because we have worked hard in the past," Brunt said.
"We don't expect to win every game, but we do expect to go out and show the sort of attitude and performance that gives us a chance to win every game.
"I think the gaffer mentioned we have had a couple of defeats in the past.
"But we have played well in those games and were a little unfortunate to lose them. If we had played well on Saturday it would have been less disappointing, but we just weren't at the races.
"I don't think we started all that well and we conceded goals at a bad time. There are no excuses, because we were poor as a team. We just didn't click and we need to put it right on Tuesday night."
Rovers, however, have shown admirable capacity to respond positively to any defeat they have suffered under Ward with positive results following defeats in games against Gillingham, Rotherham United and Northampton Town.
The Pirates have also enjoyed a good record against sides around the top of League Two after securing victories over Exeter City, Fleetwood, Rotherham United and Burton Albion in recent times.
Micky Adams' Port Vale side are another one of those tipped for elevation to League One by securing promotion between now and the end of the season – even though they are beginning to suffer a case of home straight jitters after losing three of their last four games.
"We have played well against some of the good teams, but that shouldn't matter," said Brunt.
"Whether we are playing Port Vale or a team around the bottom of the league we need to have a consistent level of performance.
"We need to start well and get an early goal like we did when we beat Exeter and Burton in our last two home games.
"We played well in both of those games and we have to take the positives out of those and build on them. We are certainly getting there as a team, but it has only been a couple of months and we now have to try and sustain that improvement over a long period of time."