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Ben Whitfield: "We need to pick up points and give the fans what they want"

21 February 2019

Following the loss to Tranmere on Tuesday night, Ben Whitfield admits Vale need to start getting results to give the fans something to cheer abou

Vale were beaten 2-1 on Tuesday night as a James Norwood brace ensured the visitors would make the journey back to merseyside with all three points.

Whitifield found the net with half an hour to play following a neat one-two with Tom Pope, but it wasn't enough to take anything from the game. He found the net again late on, only for it to be ruled out for offside. 

Looking back on the league clash, Whitfield insists Vale were made to pay for their first-half performance.

He said: "I think first-half we were very poor; we didn't create much. The gaffer's come in at half-time and let us know that.

"Second-half I thought everyone came out looking confident - everyone got on the ball, but it was just that fine line again. 

"Obviously I got caught offside for the second goal but sometimes they don't catch that and you draw 2-2. It was another one of those days, but we need to pick up points now to give the fans what they want and show good character in the next game."

Vale face a monumental few weeks as they travel to Cheltenham Town on Saturday, followed by another away trip to Notts County the following week.

Despite recent results, Whitfield admits that the confidence in the changing room has never dipped and there is a good atmosphere amongst the players, but feels it's time to start taking that confidence onto the pitch.

With Cheltenham just around the corner, the winger feels it's an opportunity to put things right following the loss on Tuesday.

He said: "The confidence is always high in the changing rooms, there's no negativity in there. Obviously, after the game people have words to each other and they get told what they need to hear. 

"We come in the next day and we watch it back. We need to put right what we've done wrong, but now the positivity needs to show on the pitch.

"We can't look at other teams, we need to win our games. If they're losing then brilliant, but we need to take each game as it comes. 

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