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Neil Aspin: "We can't underestimate any team"

20 December 2018

Neil Aspin looks ahead to this weekend's Sky Bet League Two clash with Macclesfield Town, claiming his Port Vale side "can't underestimate any team" in the league.

Our opponents on Saturday have experienced an up-turn in form of late following the arrival of former England international centre-back, Sol Campbell, as manager.

Despite the new boss watching from the stands, Campbell's Silkmen impressively overcame Exeter City a few weeks back to earn just their third win of the season.

A 2-0 victory over Crawley Town last time out will have The Silkmen's tails up ahead of our league clash, and the boss asserts that no team in this league can be underestimated.

He said: "Any manager going into a club, you expect an up-turn in results. You expect the players to be trying just that little bit harder to impress.

"Certainly, that seems to be the case. Although they've had a loss at Colchester, which was a narrow 1-0 defeat and it's a hard place to go, so that's obviously improved.

"Every game is tough. If we don't approach it correctly, we won't get a result but the other side of the coin is that we're capable of getting the result so it's down to the players.

"We can't underestimate any team because we're not good enough where we can just turn up and expect to get a result. We have to go there and be positive."

The gaffer has also provided an update on the status of Luke Hannant amid contract talks with the Vale winger.

Having signed Hannant two times in the past, Aspin has confirmed that he would like to tie the winger down to a new contract before the year is up.

Hannant arrived at Vale Park in January of this year and has impressed in his first 11 months with the club. With contract talks underway, the boss is hopeful that he will gain the signature of the 25-year-old over the next few weeks.

He said: "I've spoken to his agent which is what you have to do with any player and I'm hopeful that we can sort out a deal before January.

"As long as you've not got an unrealistic expectation and your realise where you're at, then obviously you hope you can do a deal. Until any player's signed you never know what's going to happen.

"Luke is a player that I have signed twice now and I'd obviously like to keep him here and I'm hopeful that we can."


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