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Alnwick - "December and January Define The League"

2 December 2016

Last weekend, Vale drew 0-0 away at Shrewsbury Town in League One, as they ended a run of three away defeats.

During the game, goalkeeper Jak Alnwick produced a great save to deny the Shrews, moments before Alex Jones hit the crossbar.

Following the game, Bruno Ribeiro spoke of his admiration for the ‘keeper and labelled him as the best goalkeeper in League One.

Jak admitted he was happy to hear the comments from his manager and was grateful for the comments.

He said: “It’s massive coming from him, he was a great player and is a great manager and for him to say that, when you look at the goalkeepers that are in this league it’s massive praise.

“When people ask me about my own form in interviews, I don’t like to talk about it, but when you hear other people talking about it, it’s good.

“It’s about carrying on the form for the whole season. It’s not about individual form or performance, it’s about the team and we’ve got a big couple of months coming up.

“December and January define the league, I always say that every year not matter what league you’re in, it normally defines your season.”

With Jak saying the next two months will define the league, then it will be important that Vale have three of four games at Vale Park in December.

Up until the clash with Oldham Athletic, the Valiants had the best home form in the country.

Jak said: “It’s massive because if you win two or three games it put’s your right in there.

“We’ve been in the top six more times this year then we were last year and we know we can get in there, we know we can compete with the big boys.

“We’re up there and all we have to do is string those performances together, because we’ve been a bit hit and miss this season, so it’s about getting that consistency of winning a few games in a row and improving our league form.”

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