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Chris Neal Targeting Back-To-Back Shutouts

20 February 2015

Goalkeeper Thinks Defensive Performances Warrant More Clean Sheets

is gunning for back-to-back clean sheets this weekend when Port Vale host Doncaster Rovers. Chris NealGoalkeeper 

 

’s first half header.Tom Pope at the Banks’s Stadium thanks to Valiants earned all three pointsThe 29-year-old kept his first away shutout of the season at Walsall as the

 

’s side including a number of penalty stops.Rob PageDespite that statistic, Neal has been in terrific form this term, making saves at crucial times for

 

Speaking to the local press, the shot-stopper said that he feels Vale’s defensive performances this season have warranted more clean sheets.

 

“I think if you look at the defensive performance, you’ve got to look at the back five really,” he said.

 

“I don’t think there have been too many mistakes really, just lapses in concentration a little bit more than anything, we’ve probably conceded a few too many from set pieces than we would have wanted.”

 

“But we’ve been working, it’s not as if we don’t work on things like that, we’ve had some unlucky goals, some deflections, things like that gone in.

 

“So I think we do deserve more clean sheets than we’ve got but hopefully moving forward we can pick up some more.”

 

games.Sky Bet League OneOn Saturday Vale face a Doncaster Rovers side that have won their last three

 

Paul Dickov’s men beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 on Tuesday night as 34-year-old midfielder Richie Wellens scored a last-gasp winner.

 

Heading into this weekend’s clash, Neal admitted the visitors have a wealth of experience in their squad but believes Vale can claim the victory.

 

“They have got a lot of experience, a lot of players that have played in the Premier League and Championship,” he added.

 

“It’s going to be a tough game but hopefully in front of our crowd here we can pick up some points.”


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