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John Askey says players need no added motivation ahead of Crewe clash

5 April 2019

Looking ahead to Port Vale's league fixture against Crewe Alexandra tomorrow afternoon, John Askey admits his players need no added motivation to go out and get three points against their neighbours.

With games of this calibre, form goes out the window. However, Askey's side should be full of confidence ahead of Saturday's game based on recent results.

Following a difficult few weeks in charge at Vale, the boss has certainly turned it around at Vale Park as his Vale team now boast three wins and just one loss in their last five games.

With more than just three points riding on Saturday's clash, Askey wants his players to win the game for the fans.

He said: "When it's a local derby, as a manager, you don't have to do much motivating. Everybody knows how much it means to the supporters.

"There will be a good atmosphere and that will lift the players straight away. 

"Crewe have been a little bit up and down. They still try and play decent football and consequently I think that's why they have some good results, some not so good."

With just a handful of games to go until the end of the season, Askey is looking to 'finish the job off' as Vale look to improve their bid for safety.

Vale face a difficult few games to finish the season as they come up against the likes of Crewe, Exeter City, MK Dons and Macclesfield Town, who will be desperately fighting to avoid the drop. 

Admitting there is still room for improvement, the boss has urged his players to stay focused as the run in hots up.

He said: "I'm pleased. Obviously, I wasn't happy at the start but we've picked up of late.

"There's still a bit more to do, we've just got to keep working hard and until it's over, it's not over.

"We're still wary, but hopefully we can finish the job off sooner rather than later."


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