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The Gaffer Reflects on Exeter

25 October 2017

Neil Aspin has said that he is delighted with the way his squad have been training in recent weeks as their efforts have been replicated on the pitch.

Vale are on a winning run of three games, with Swindon Town coming to Vale Park at the weekend.

Speaking in Tuesday’s press conference, following the 1-0 win at Exeter City, the gaffer has said he has been pleased with his players’ efforts in training as he explains what the squad have been up to during their time on the training ground.

“We try to get the right balance with physical work, when you have a free week”, said Aspin.

“It’s so important that the level of fitness is kept up but it’s also important that they are reminded of the structure and how we want them to play. So, we will keep looking at that.

“We looked at some of the clips from Saturday and pointed out where we need to improve and where we did well. You try to reinforce those points made.”

As we approach one whole month with Neil Aspin as the Vale boss, the former centre-back reveals that he does not apply a different approach with the Valiants as he did with former employers.

He said: “I’ve always tried to be honest and not pull wool over anybody’s eyes.

“We try to do that with the players and try not to be everyone’s friend as a manager. If they give me respect then I’ll respect them back. They work hard and try their best which is all I ask.

“I haven’t changed much with a bigger job on a bigger scale. There’s more responsibility but the approach remains the same.”

Speaking about his teams recent form, Aspin hopes to continue to climb the league table and establish Vale as a team who is unlikely to be in a relegation scrap, come end of the season.

He explained: “If you are in a situation where you’ve got three teams at the bottom of the table like we had, and if all of those teams continue to lose, you think two out of the three will go down.

“There’s not a lot of margin for error but if we get into a position where there’s ten teams and only two go down, we have a better chance.

“Once we get into that pack, we will be in a much better position.”


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