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Ben Whitfield insists Vale are improving day-by-day under new manager, John Askey

13 February 2019

Ben Whitfield assures that Vale are improving day-by-day under John Askey, as the Vale boss enters his second week in charge in Burslem.

The Vale forward has admitted that is at has been 'enjoyable' working under the new gaffer, as the team adapts to the new system brought in at Vale Park.

Askey faces his first home fixture this weekend, as his Port Vale team host Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two. Despite tasting defeat for the first time away to Cambridge United last weekend, there seems to be an excitement around the squad as they go in search of that first win under the new gaffer.

Whitfield understands it will not be an easy test against the Shrimps this Saturday, but ensures Vale just have to take the next few weeks, one game at a time.

He said: "It's been very enjoyable. Training has been high intensity and the lads are really enjoying it.

"I think we're improving day-by-day, now we just need to push on this Saturday and hopefully start off with a win at home for the new manager and kick on up the table.

"We played Morecambe earlier on this season - they've got some big players and they're quite a direct team. It's just going to be a battle but we've just got to do what we can do.

Whitfield played a full 50 minutes on Tuesday afternoon, as Port Vale Reserves overcame Doncaster Rovers Reserves, 1-0 at Vale Park.

The forward scored the only goal of the game, latching onto a lofted Tom Conlon through ball to smash across the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Following the reserves game, Whitfield admitted it was nice to get back out onto the pitch and on the scoresheet, and he's hoping he has done enough to find himself in the starting eleven this weekend.

He said: "I've been out for a few weeks with my knee ligament, so it was nice to get back out on the pitch and get a few minutes. I felt absolutely fine so it was nice get some fitness - I felt absolutely fine in the game so hopefully now I can push on this weekend.

"It's always nice to score. When you're playing up-front that's your job, to score goals no matter what game you're in or who the opposition are. It's always a nice feeling to score.

"Hopefully it has given the manager food for thought this weekend. If not, and I'm on the bench and I get my chance, I've just got to prove myself again."


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