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Rico Relishing Return

7 December 2012

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Marc Richards makes his first visit to Vale Park on Saturday after his summer move to Chesterfield.

The striker enjoyed a prolific five years with Vale and is expecting a mixed response from the home faithful.

Richards has suffered a stop-start season so far but he is confident that he's put that behind him now.

Speaking to Spireites Player, he said: "I had a quiet start - didn't score for the first seven or eight games - and once I did get on the score sheet I got injured so obviously it was frustration for myself and frustrating for the people who bought me to the club.

"But hopefully now I can hit a bit of fitness, get some games under my belt and some goals and start showing people what I can do.

"I think you've got to find ways of dealing with that pressure [of scoring goals]. I came in to Chesterfield off the back three successful seasons on the goal scoring front for myself, for Port Vale.

"I put the pressure on myself to go out there and score goals, which makes it all the more frustating at the start of the season when I couldn't hit a barn door."

Port Vale supporters will need no introduction to Richards' goal scoring capabilities as the striker finished the club's top scorer for three consecutive seasons. 

"It's the one fixture that I looked at as soon as the fixture sheets come out," he said. "I'm excited to go back and hopefully I'll get a good reception but I'm expecting a few boos at the same time.

"It was a good five years for myself, the last three years especially and I scored a lot of goals. I've only got good memories of the club and for me at the moment they're a club that should be playing in a higher league and at the moment they're showing that they can mix it with the best in this league."

Watch Marc's full interview only on Spireites Player.

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