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Askey wants his side to 'put on a show' against Bury this weekend

30 April 2019

Port Vale face their final game of the 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two season on Saturday as they make the trip to Gigg Lane to face promotion-chasing Bury, and the gaffer wants his players to 'put on a show' to cap off the season.

Having only been appointed in February, it has felt like a rollercoaster last few months under John Askey as his Vale side have hit astounding highs and some disappointing lows.

Despite safety being assured a few weeks back, the boss is still targeting that 50-point mark as the season comes to a close this weekend; a win against Bury vital to reach the points total.

Vale picked up a huge win against Bury earlier this season at Vale Park and Askey is looking to do the same this Saturday.

He said: "We don't want a repeat of what happened on Saturday. The first half, the game was there for the taking and the second half, we didn't turn up.

"We want to go there, like we did at MK Dons, and put on a show. If they (Bury) get a win tonight they'll go up so there will be a party atmosphere.

"We've got to go there and spoil the party."

The boss has heaped praise upon Vale number one, Scott Brown, who has had an outstanding first season in Burslem.

Brown has been crucial in the Valiants' bid for League Two survival - a feat that would have been much harder to gain had it not been for his heroics over the course of the season.

His form didn't go unnoticed either as he picked up four awards at Port Vale's annual Awards Evening on Saturday night. Brown earned the Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year, Official Away Travel Player of the Year and the Errol Yorke Award - almost a clean sweep.

Askey has admitted his achievements have been 'well deserved'.

He said: "He's done well all season, hasn't he. It's well deserved, and just in the short period that I've been here, he's made a difference in the games.

"We wouldn't be safe without him so he's done what he's there for but he's probably been the difference between staying up and going down.

"The goals for have just not been enough so if he hadn't been keeping them out at the other end then I think we'd have gone down."


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