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Lee Nogan impressed with midfield duo after Forest Green Rovers draw

10 September 2018

Neil Aspin couldn't bare to watch on Saturday as Tom Pope stepped up to take his most important penalty so far this season.

Of course, Popey fired it into the back of the net to level things up away to Rovers on Saturday to secure a vital away point. It was an impressive second half performance from the Valiants, and they were unlucky not to walk away with all three points after Forest Green were reduced to 10 men.

Assistant Manager Lee Nogan admitted "it was a relief" when the roar of the away crowd confirmed Vale's equaliser after a run of poor results away from home so far this season.

Two players that certainly caught the eye of Nogan was midfielder Manny Oyeleke and debutant Tom Conlon. The pair have struggled for minutes this season due to injuries, but Nogs was especially impressed Tom's performance at the weekend. 

"He's missed five or six weeks, he didn't really do a pre season. I thought he was excellent, I was surprised he lasted as long as he did.

"Because he was playing so well and the team was doing well, we wanted to keep him on as long as possible without having a reoccurring injury. I think we just took him off at the right time but yes it was great to have him back.

"Manny's an important player on the performances you've seen so far. We've not got him on the pitch enough, if he can stay hopefully injury free for the majority of the season I think he will be a big player for us. Not only for himself but the other players around him."

After their impressive performances Nogan confirmed that both came out of the game injury free which was a major positive for the Valiants.

Leon Legge and Cristian Montano were two players who unfortunately missed out on Saturday's trip to Gloucestershire due to injuries. Montano was forced off against Newport due to a knee injury and Legge suffered a groin injury in the build up to Saturday. 

Lee Nogan believes once the pair return from their injuries it will keep the squad on their toes to keep their position in the squad.

"Leon's got a chance of being fit for Saturday but I think Cristian might be a little bit too close, but we'll see later on in the week.

"The more players you can get back, there's more competition for places and you know after a good couple of performances we'll be looking to continue that."


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