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Neil Aspin talks personal targets & player attitude

The gaffer looks ahead to Newport County tonight, his player's attitude and his personal targets for the season.

10 November 2017

Neil Aspin has said that he didn’t set himself any targets when he first came into Port Vale, as his side travel to Newport County tonight with The Valiants hoping to make it three wins on the bounce.

It’s been just over a month since Aspin’s appointment as Vale manager as the former defender reveals that he just wanted to get off the mark in his first game.

The gaffer has won five games from his original seven, which has allowed him to be nominated for League Two’s Manager of the Month award. Speaking to the local media ahead of tonight’s game, Aspin has said he just wanted to get his first win as soon as possible.

“I didn’t set any targets”, said Aspin.

“You want to try and get off the mark as soon as possible. I think it’s given the players some belief and I think they know what we are telling them, it works.

“If they play like we want them to play, we can get the right results. I’m aware that there will be games that we don’t do what I want, but if we minimise the number of times that happens – we can get ourselves in a position where we are safe.”

 The gaffer was also quick to credit the players after putting some positive results together across all competitions.

He said: “Since myself and the other staff have been at the club, they’ve worked hard and they have listened.

“There’s a good group of players in terms of attitude and they have a willingness to do well.

“That was proven in the Oxford game, I haven’t detected anything negative. They have given us there all so far and we have to do that for the remainder of the season.

The Valiants will aim to get three points on the board tonight as they make the long journey towards Cardiff to face Newport County.

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