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Neil Aspin discusses the attitude of his players ahead of Grimsby Town clash

8 March 2018

Manager Neil Aspin believes his player's are in the right frame of mind to step up, following the injury of top scorer Tom Pope.

Aspin also believes the next few games could create an opportunity for one of the player's to become a new fan favourite, starting with The Valiants clash away at Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Vale travel to Blundell Park, looking for a vital three points, and their first victory of 2018.

"It's time now for people to pull their fingers out, and everything will be forgotten if they can produce.

"If someone can score goals, do well, then the supporters will have someone new they can give a hero's worship, like they do with Tom Pope.

"Some of the players might argue that they haven't had a run in the team. They're going to get a run in the team now, and they've got to take the chance."

Aspin singled out Marcus Harness' attitude in particular, and believes the midfielder's performances will only improve between now and the end of the season.

"It's refreshing for a player to take responsibility, and look at themselves. Marcus is one to do that.

"I'm sure with an attitude like that, Marcus can definitely improve and get better.

"Since I've been here, he's had some good games, and he's definitely going to figure in the remaining games. It's an opportunity for him to show what he can really do."

However, Aspin was left disappointed with The Football League's the decision to rearrange The Valiants clash with Barnet to this Tuesday.

The game was postponed last Saturday due to a frozen pitch, and the rearranged date leaves just six days for the club to prepare for the away fixture.

"The Football League have clearly not paid any attention to our views, or the thoughts of our supporters.

"Nobody's going to do us any favours, but you don't expect The Football League to be working against you as well.

"We've got to get on with the fixture though, and that's what we'll do."

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