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Ryan Boot says the point at Grimsby could be "vital" towards the end of the season

12 March 2018

Port Vale goalkeeper, Ryan Boot, believes the draw at Grimsby could prove vital in the club's fight for survival towards the end of the season.

Vale took an early lead at Blundell Park at the weekend, when David Worrall volleyed the Valiants in front after just ten minutes.

A last minute strike however, from Grimsby's James Berrett prevented Vale from collecting their first vital three points of 2018, which would've seen them push themselves away from the relegation zone.

Despite the last minute heartbreak, Ryan Boot says the team can take a lot of encouragement and confidence in to the game against Barnet on Tuesday.

"It felt like a defeat at the end of the game, because I thought we had done enough to win the game.

"It's got to be forgotten about now, we've got to move onto Barnet tomorrow and hopefully get three points. Coming to the back end of the season that point could be vital, we'll take it and move on and hopefully get through tomorrow."

After making the long trip to Grimsby on Saturday, the Valiants have just three days to now prepare for another long journey to Barnet on Tuesday evening.

The game was rearranged to be played on Tuesday just five days ago after the original fixture, which was scheduled to be played on the 3rd March, was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Ryan Boot was surprised by how quickly the game was rearranged, but is focused on securing all three points and is looking forward to yet another chance at being the gaffer's number one choice between the sticks.

"It's probably done me some good being taken out the side, I've worked hard, I've managed get back into the side so obviously I've got to keep my place. I feel as though it's more experience, but more confidence definitely.

"A win can change everything, it can change for weeks to come as well taking confidence into different games as well, so hopefully we can get the three points.


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