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</figure><p class="sp-story-body__introduction">Port Vale's Tom Pope told his Twitter followers he would shine against John Stones, duly did so and - despite FA Cup defeat - just about ended up with a Manchester City souvenir for his efforts.</p>
The 34-year-old striker could not have dreamed after his summer tweet, stating he would “get 40 a season” playing against Stones, that they would face off in the FA Cup six months later.
After heading the equaliser in a third-round tie Vale eventually lost 4-1, Pope wondered if he was given the cold shoulder from Stones’ team-mates as he looked to swap shirts with a City star after the game.
“I managed to get Zinchenko’s – the rest of them pied me off,” he told BBC Sport.
“I never dreamed I would score and would have been happy to have a few touches.”
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February 10, 2020
February 9, 2020
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