Vale assistant manager says tonight could be difficult
Mark Grew has warned against any complacency tonight when bottom-of-the-table Aldershot Town are the visitors to Vale Park.
Although we enjoyed a big win against Burton Albion on Friday night, we have to start again tonight and that result has no bearing whatsoever on tonight’s game.
Vale’s assistant manager said: “Aldershot are battling for their lives and I said a few weeks ago, when you are playing teams down there, it is like a wounded animal, they will come out fighting.
“They need to get three points tonight so we have got to be right at the top of our game. We said it was a cup final on Friday, and this is another cup final.
“If we go out there thinking we have just got to turn up, we are going to be in for a shock – you have only got to look at some of the results at the weekend.
“The teams towards the bottom of the table are all picking up good results.
“I think that was a body blow for a lot of teams when they saw our result on Friday night.
“That must have put the fear into a few people because they then knew they had got to go out and get a result, and the strain on Saturday because none of the teams just below us got a result.
“Aldershot will come here needing the points. If the come here and battle for eighty odd minutes ten lose one-nil, there’s no point in it. You might as well come here giving it a go and go down fighting.
“At least if they come here and give it a go and lose, at least they have gone for it rather than defend for ninety minutes it will be very difficult for them to defend for that long.
“They know that even a draw won’t move them from the bottom of the table, but three points would put pressure on the other teams.
“We will have to wait and see, but we have got all the match reports on them over the last few weeks and we will soon know what they intend to do when we get the team sheet.”