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Tom Pope confident that Port Vale can rediscover goal-scoring form

5 October 2018

Port Vale travel to Blundell Park this weekend as they face Grimsby Town for their first away fixture in the month of October, and Tom Pope believes his side can get back amongst the goals against the Mariners this weekend.

Vale head into the tie with a goal difference of zero, having scored 11 and conceded 11 so far this year, but captain Pope is confident that his Vale side have the resources to restore their goal-scoring form from earlier this season.

He said: "We'd like to be scoring a lot more goals, but I think defensively we've looked a lot more solid, certainly from last year. 

"Every team would like to be conceding few goals and scoring loads but it doesn't always work like that.

"If you look at the strikers we've got as well as the wingers - Ben Whitfield can chip in with some worldie strikes, Luke Hannant has scored a couple already, David Worrall will chip in with goals. 

"There's definitely goals in the team, it's just about finding that balance."

Now 11 games into the 2018/19 season, the Vale skipper believes there is huge amounts to play for this year as 'everybody's beating everybody'.  

There were huge celebrations following Idris Kanu's first league goal last weekend against Exeter City that snatched a point in the dying embers, though the result meant Vale actually dropped two places. A win last Tuesday would've secured Aspin's side a place in the top six. 

The Vale captain believes it is almost as if there are 'two tables' being competed for due to the manner of the results ahead of the Grimsby tie.

He said: "There seems to be two tables at the minute. There are six or seven teams at the bottom that are quite a few points behind the rest but like you say, you can jump up 10 places with a win at this stage.

"Everybody's beating everybody and I said that at the start of the season, there won't be one team that will run away with it.

"Lincoln have got off to a good start, Exeter will always be up there and I think MK Dons will if they carry on playing like they did on Tuesday, but they're beatable."


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