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Neil Aspin slams Saturday afternoon's performance as 'unacceptable'

25 November 2018

Port Vale made it two losses on the bounce on Saturday afternoon, as they were beaten 1-0 by Richie Wellens' Swindon Town. The boss has stated his side's performance was 'unacceptable'.

The Valiants were looking to bounce back from their first league loss in five, having been overcome against Mansfield Town, however it wasn't to be as Elijah Adebayo's first-half strike was enough to send all three points back to Swindon, condemning Vale to a 1-0 loss.

The striker was fastest to react to a Scott Brown parry to direct the ball home from six yards, putting The Robins into the lead with just 11 minutes played. The goal prompted a change in formation as Aspin looked to have switched to a four four two, before making a double-change at half-time.

These slight changes turned the tide slightly, though wasn't enough to warrant a goal and the boss has slammed the Port Vale performance as 'unacceptable'.

He said: "There's no excuse, it was very disappointing, I thought first-half we were terrible - there was nothing good to pick out of that first-half.

"Really unacceptable performance. I told the players what I thought at half-time and we improved after the break but it would be hard-pushed to not be as bad as we were in the first-half.

"We've not created any chances of note or not enough chances, only the odd one. We've not worked the goalkeeper and we've not taken enough responsibility in possession of the ball to try and create anything so it's very disappointing."

There's a quick-turn around following the loss on Saturday afternoon, as the boys make the long-trip to Yeovil Town on Tuesday night to try and put things right following the loss to Swindon, and the boss claims they have to prove themselves out on the pitch.

The boss expects his side to dig in on Tuesday evening, and states there should be no excuses regarding the long-journey as the players owe the fans a result following the loss on Saturday.

"Firstly, there's no excuses for it being a long trip. I've been in non-league football and we've had to make the trip from Gateshead to a lot of teams and you've got to get on with it.

"I've been on the other side of the coin when in non-league when I've had to go into work the next day when I get back, so there's no excuses. It's a long trip but we've got to roll up our sleeves and start getting some points."


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