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Nathan Smith discusses final game of league season

6 May 2018

Defender Nathan Smith was left disappointed with Port Vale’s performance against Cambridge United yesterday, and is keen to move on quickly.

The Valiants went down 5-0 at Abbey Stadium yesterday in what was the final game of the League Two campaign. Neil Aspin’s men finished 20th overall, managing to stay in the Football League by a single point.

Speaking after the defeat, Smith wanted to finish the season on a high and not the way Vale did so yesterday.

He said: “We wanted to finish off the season on a high.

“After confirming our place in the league, we wanted to go out with a bang and prove something to the fans. Sadly, we’ve finished lower than I think we deserve.

“It will be something we can learn from, but we do apologise to the travelling supporters.”

The 22-year old says he is looking forward to the summer break, with an opportunity to relax and start all over again for next season.

“We will go away and relax for a little bit,” he said.

“During that time, you work hard on your own so you come back fighting fit, ready to be in the gaffer’s mind to start.

But, a personal achievement for Smith who completed his final game of the 2017/18 season – which makes it two whole seasons without missing a league match. This was something that delighted the Madeley-born centre-back.

He said: “It’s a good achievement for me to take away, but, it hasn’t been a great season.

“I’ve had two tough seasons, but the only positive is that we stayed up this year.”


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