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Neil Aspin claims his Port Vale side's work ethic will be intergral to getting a result against Notts County

1 November 2018

Port Vale face Harry Kewell's Notts County this weekend as The Magpies boss makes his second trip to Vale Park this season. Neil Aspin believes his sides work ethic will be key to getting the three points.

Vale have impressed of late having bounced back in extravagent style following the league defeat to Lincoln City earlier this season, having now kept four clean sheets on the bounce.

Wins over Middlesbrough Under 21's, Oldham Athletic and Bury as well as a resilient draw with Stevenage at The Lamex Stadium now have Aspin's side four games unbeaten in all competitions, sitting 14th in the league.

Despite having been tipped for promotion at the beginning of the season, Notts County haven't shown their true potential so far this year and sit just two places off the bottom of the table. However, the gaffer believes his Valiants side will need to show the same work ethic that they have over the past two weeks in order to overcome Kewell's side.

He said: "You look at the size of the club - I've played against them a few times in my career - they're clearly a big club and they'll be looking to get promotion out of the league.

"A new manager has come in, and a new manager will always want to bring in some of his own players but it takes time as well as implementing his own style of play.

"We won't treat Notts County any differently to how we treated Bury - if we don't work as hard as we did against Oldham and Bury, we certainly won't win the game. If we all do our jobs and work hard, then we are capable of getting the result."

Having been hampered with injuries over the past few weeks, the boss has provided an update on the current injury status of a number of his first team players, including Manny Oyeleke and Cristian Montano.

Manny has been sidelined since Vale's league defeat to MK Dons at the very start of October. The midfielder managed 20 minutes of the tie though had to be pulled with a muscle injury and hasn't been available since. Montano has also not seen the pitch since that same fixture as he limped off just 15 minutes after coming on at half-time against The Dons.

The boss has confirmed the pair have been in full training and could be in contention for the reserves fixture against Wigan Athletic.

He said: "It's always a good week if you don't have any injuries and we've had more people on the training pitch this week so that's been good.

"Manny and Cristian have both now come through a couple of sessions, so without tempting fate, if everything's alright then they'll be able to play in the reserve game on Tuesday and hopefully they can both get through the 90 minutes."


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