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Neil Aspin "The players did everything I asked in terms of effort and commitment"

21 March 2018

Manager Neil Aspin believes his side have the right attitude and quality to keep the Valiants in the Football League for next season.

Vale suffered their first home defeat since November at the hands of Exeter City last night, after Jordan Storey's strike was enough to separate the two sides.

Despite the loss, Neil Aspin wants to keep a positive mindset for the remainder of the season and is confident the Vale can stay up after their performance last night.

"There's been a bit of negativity around the club, there has been obviously with the season we've been having. Instead of dwelling on the disappointment of losing tonight we have to be positive.

"I honestly think if the team can play like they did tonight for the remainder of the games, then we've got enough points to be safe.

"They played some good football, they got a lot of balls in the box from wide areas and they posed a threat. We've worked the keeper, probably could've worked him a bit more, but we got some decent efforts on target and should've scored. I think we deserved to win tonight".

The Valiants had a total of 19 shots last night and 40 crosses but couldn't find the clinical touch to put the ball into the back of the net.

Tyrone Barnett had two opportunities cleared off the line and Luke Hannant came within inches of making it two in two for himself.

With captain Tom Pope out injured, the gaffer admits his side don't have a lot of goalscorers and is looking to his current strikers to step up in his place.

"It's an area where we know needs improving, but we've got to work and keep working obviously with the players we have and they've got to produce some goals.

"At times we could've taken up some better positions in the box. We had a couple of opportunities where the touch has just let them down. The balls run away from them when they've had opportunities to score.

"We've got to be positive going into the Wycombe game. I feel all the games are the same."


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