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Luke Hannant on his first Vale goal: "I was speechless when it went in."

18 March 2018

After signing for Vale in January, Luke Hannant has been a mainstay in Neil Aspin's side, but he had to wait until Saturday for his first goal for the club and it came in spectacular fashion.

With the Valiants trailing against Stevenage and the snow covering the Vale Park pitch, Hannant conjured up a piece of magic as he cut inside and curled an effort into the far corner from outside of the area - cue the celebrations.

Although his goal rescued a point that means Vale are now on an eight-game unbeaten run on home soil, Hannant insists that they could have taken all three points after a spirited second half display.

He said: "Personally it was great for me to get my first goal, but it was more important that we got the point. I was a bit speechless when it went in, I just lost my head and slid on my knees.

"It's more important that the team got a point and we have got to take that into Tuesday night. We knew the conditions weren't great today and going two down isn't great, but the boys showed character to come back and get two goals in the second half.

"We could have maybe nicked it at the end as well, but we will take a draw when you consider the circumstances, being two-nil down, so it's a good point."

The draw means Vale have now picked up three points during the last week, with stalemates away to Grimsby Town and Barnet also being recorded to maintain the six-point gap between themselves and the bottom two. 

Hannant fully believes that he and his teammates have been playing some good football of late and he is confident that the first win of 2018 will come sooner rather than later.

"During the last few games we have played really good football," he said.

"I think we were unlucky not to get a win at Grimsby and we took that performance into the Barnet game, so the boys have been showing great resolve.

"Going down today, we could have sacked it off, but the lads have character and that has shown with us getting the two goals that we needed.

"The goal was a great moment for myself, but we need to take those performances and that mentality into Tuesday and the rest of the season."


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