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John Askey eager to earn the 'bragging rights' over Crewe this weekend

2 April 2019

As his side gear up for this weekend's local derby with Crewe Alexandra, Vale boss John Askey admits that it would be fantastic to complete the double over their rivals, but he insists it must be treated the same as any other fixture.

Leon Legge scored the only goal of the afternoon when the two teams faced off back in September, but Vale have been involved in a scrap towards the bottom end of Sky Bet League Two ever since and Askey's focus remains survival.

The tremendous victory over Northampton Town last time out means the Valiants now have an eight-point buffer between themselves and Notts County who occupy 23rd place, and the gaffer wants his players to take the positivity into Saturday's game at Vale Park. 

He said: "There's going to be a good crowd and there is still a lot to play for, but it's always one of the first games you look forward to at the start of the season. It's all about the bragging rights, but they'll be up for it just as much as we will.

"We have a little bit more riding on it, but hopefully we can continue doing what we have been doing and that's playing good football. We want to play at a good tempo so that we give our supporters something to cheer about.

"If we start thinking that we're safe then that's when you can have problems, so we just want to finish the season off as strongly as we can.

"For myself as a manager, I want people who want to win every game regardless of whether we're safe or not. Supporters still pay to come through the turnstiles so we want to perform for them."

Askey guided Vale to three wins during the month of March and it was a very positive one in terms of results, with him also being named as EFL Manager of the Week following the win at Northampton. 

Since arriving at Vale Park at the beginning of February, he has implemented his philosophies and they have paid dividends so far as the Valiants continue to pull away from danger, and Askey admits that he is loving life at his boyhood club.

He said: "I've stated before that I love coming into work every day. Just to walk through the door in the morning gives me a buzz, so it's something that I'm really proud of.

"Being the manager of Port Vale is never something I thought would happen, but the main thing for me is doing a good job for the club. If I wasn't doing that it would hurt, but I'm just pleased to be here."


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