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Aspin reflects on the draw at Newport

11 November 2017

Neil Aspin has praised his side’s character following the 1-1 draw at Newport County on Friday night, a result that means it’s now three games without defeat for Vale.

After being pegged back by Matty Dolan’s 54th-minute strike, the Valiants were forced to come from a goal behind against a team who looked resolute in defence.

With ten minutes to play, Vale’s persistence paid off as Anton Forrester struck his second goal in as many games to seal a share of the spoils for his team.

“I think if you’re behind in a game away from home, if you fight back and get a draw then you’re happy and we will take a point,” said Aspin.

“In our present circumstances, any point you take on the road is a good one.”

The manager insists that the first half was one which lacked any real quality, but he was pleased at the second-half performance, despite conceding.

“I think it was a very poor first half, there was no quality,” Aspin said.

“There were a lot of balls given away and a lot of misplaced passes - not much entertainment for the supporters, but plenty of endeavour.

“Conceding when we did was frustrating as I felt that we were getting on top at that point.

“We were looking the better team at the start of the second half, so conceding that goal out of nothing was disappointing.”

On the mentality of his team, the gaffer added: “The players did well to fight back. Sometimes you have to make changes, adapt your shape and put substitutes on - that worked tonight.

“It doesn’t always come off, but tonight it gave us a bit more attacking impetus and that got us back into the game.”


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