Following his return from injury, Anton Forrester has shown his quality to score two goals in as many games, the latest earning Vale an important point away to Newport County in Sky Bet League Two.
Neil Aspin has said over recent weeks that he believes the striker can have a big impact if he can stay fit, something which he has proven during the past week.
The manager introduced Forrester as a half-time substitute at Rodney Parade on Friday night, allowing him to increase his match sharpness and rebuild his self-belief.
“Anton has had a difficult time with injuries and it’s those that have affected his confidence,” Aspin said.
“I think he’s doubted whether or not he can play regularly so every minute he gets on the pitch is going to help with that.
“The more time he spends out there, the more confident he will get and he’s shown that he can score goals.”
Another player who has come into the team and slotted in seamlessly is young defender, James Gibbons.
The academy graduate has now made ten appearances so far this season in all competitions, with Aspin putting his faith in him.
At 19 years of age, Gibbons signed a contract extension with the club prior to Friday night’s game, something which the manager believes was ‘very important’ as he looks to build for the future.
Aspin said: “It was very important because he’s a local lad, but not only that, he’s a good player and he’s going to get better - that’s the main thing.
“He has youth on his side and I’m delighted that he’s signed. His attitude is fantastic and tonight we were able to have three players in the back five that are all local which is great for the club.”