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Could have done better

15 November 2013

Defender believes vale still need to work on things

Carl Dickinson is obviously pleased with the start Vale have had to the season, but believes they could have done a lot better.

Reflecting on the fact that Vale are just three points off the play-offs, the Vale defender says with more consistency they could have done even better.

He said: “If anything we have been a bit inconsistent. There have probably been games that we have lost where we probably should have got something out of them.

“But the more we can stick together and make sure we are doing things right on the pitch on a Saturday, the more points we will pick up.”

Every defender likes to keep clean sheets and Dickinson is no different, but he knows as a defensive unit Vale still have plenty of work to do.

“I want to keep a clean sheet every game, I hate conceding goals, but I think that is something we need to get better at, keeping clean sheets.

“I think I said it a few months back, some of the goals we have concede are sloppy, but we want to keep a clean sheet in every game.

“I enjoy playing wherever the gaffer puts me, I want to go out there and give it my all.

“Recently I have been playing a lot more in my natural position in left back, but if the gaffer ever feels he needs to switch it up I am more than happy to do that.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s home game against Shrewsbury Town, Dickinson believes the crowd can play a big part as Vale look to get back to winning ways in the league.

He said: “Hopefully our crowd will get the place bouncing around because it is only going to help us, but we know what we need to do – we need to go out there and get the three points.

“We need to turn this place into a fortress where people don’t like coming and hopefully we can get it off to a good start on Saturday, make sure we get a few goals and keep a clean sheet.”

Don't forget to check out Chris Neal's interview on Saturday morning ahead of the game against his former club.

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