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Luke Hannant: "This weekend is massive..."

29 March 2018

Midfielder Luke Hannant has described this weekend as a "massive" one for the club in their bid for survival in the Football League.

Vale welcome Chesterfield to Vale Park tomorrow in what could be a season defining clash and later travel to Crewe on Easter Monday, where over 2000 Valiants will be in a sell out away end.

Luke Hannant, who only recently joined the club in January from Gateshead, is well aware of how important the next couple of fixtures are.

"Chesterfield is a game we've got to go and look forward to and we've got to go in and get the win.

"The last few weeks we've played some really good football we just haven't really had the luck that we needed. Going into Saturday's game we've got to keep producing the quality into the box. I think the quality is better throughout the team, we've just got to take it into every game until the end of the season.

"The lads have shown great character over the past few weeks. We've come from positions like 2-0 down against Stevenage and we've done well to hold onto points against big teams but we've got to go into every game like a cup final. 

"We're in a relegation battle and the teams we're playing this weekend are the teams we've got to look to beat and if we can do that then it'll put us in good positions towards the end of the season."

Despite the win-less streak so far in 2018, Neil Aspin's side have produced some encouraging performances in recent weeks.

After looking dead and buried against Stevenage, goals from Wilson and Hannant secured Vale a vital point and the Valiants secured another precious point last weekend against promotion chasers, Wycombe Wanderers.

Hannant has hit the ground running at Vale Park since signing and has been a regular pick for the gaffer, and the midfielder has full confidence in the team to secure their safety for next season. 

"Every game is winnable if you put your mind to it. I think we have the great quality throughout the team to go in and win every game, but this weekend is massive.

"Obviously we've got a really good record at home this season and we're looking forward to going out and putting on a  performance on for the fans and hopefully we can do that for tomorrow's game."


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