He was the two-goal Carling Cup hero against Sheffield United in Round One, now Port Vale striker Marc Richards is aiming to complete a steel city double when the Valiants entertain Sheffield Wednesday in the second round on Tuesday evening.

Vale Park will be jumping on what could be another big night for the Coca-Cola League 2 club as Richards and his colleagues look to give themselves and new manager Micky Adams another early season booster.

After causing one of the biggest first round upsets the Valiants are aiming to produce a repeat performance, warns Richards, against United's arch rivals and fellow Championship side Wednesday.

"I thought we deserved our win at Bramall Lane," said the 27 year-old former Northampton Town and Barnsley striker, "and I was obviously delighted to score both of our goals.

"It was also lovely, as an ex-Barnsley player, to beat one of my old club's south Yorkshire neighbours and to put one over pals like Brian Howard who I played alongside when I was at Barnsley.

"Whether we can beat Wednesday as well we'll have to see, but we'll certainly go out feeling confident and with a big crowd behind us I feel that we'll be in with a good chance of pulling off another big shock."

Vale head into their Carling Cup clash after a 1-0 home win against Darlington on Saturday, their first League success of the season following two draws and a 2-0 defeat at Macclesfield Town last Tuesday.

Richards said: "It was majorly disappointing at Macclesfield, especially for the fans - we took about 2,000 with us and they gave us great backing. But beating Darlington means we've had a half-decent start to the season with five points from four games,

"Hopefully we can now give the fans something special to cheer on Tuesday and really get our season going. Cup runs breed confidence and it would be good to get a decent run going in the League on the back of Cup results.

"We've been working very hard to get things right and it's been really enjoyable working for the new manager, who's been brilliant since he came in. We have some good banter, but he's laid the law down and told us exactly what he wants.

"What we all want is promotion back to League 1 after being relegated two seasons ago. We finished 18th last season so there's a lot of improvement needed, but hopefully we'll soon be competing at the right end of the table."

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