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Askey hoping to disrupt MK Dons promotion push

21 April 2019

Port Vale end the Easter Bank Holiday fixtures with a trip to promotion pushing MK Dons tomorrow afternoon and manager John Askey is hoping the Vale can 'spoil the party' and collect all three points.

The Valiants' status as a League Two club for next season was confirmed on Friday despite the 4-1 defeat at home to Stevenage.

Results elsewhere meant that the Vale were mathematically safe from the drop zone and could go into the final three games of season without that fear of potentially being relegated.

Despite safety confirmed, Askey insists that the players won't be allowed to relax just yet and wants the Vale to come away from the Stadium MK with all three points.

"We'll prepare as we would prepare whether we had stayed up or not. The team will be a team that I think is the best team to try and win the game.

"It'll be tough. They're looking for an automatic promotion or play offs but we've got to make sure we go there and stop them from playing and try and spoil the party!"

Prior to the the Stevenage fixture, youngster Mike Calveley was recalled from his loan spell at National League North side, Nuneaton Borough, where he made 47 appearances.

Askey confirmed he was keen to get a look of Calveley in the first team before the season came to a close and introduced him in the later stages of the game on Friday.

Now back at the Vale, Calveley will be keen to get more minutes under his belt with the first team and it's something Askey is happy to do should the youngster show he's worthy of a spot.

"He's gone out on loan and all reports were that he was doing well. He's a big strong lad, he's athletic and that's what you need in this league.

"If we can have a better look at him then we'll see how he does and it's up to Mike then."


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