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"A win!" - John Askey wants nothing less than three points tomorrow

15 February 2019

Port Vale manager John Askey is determined to guide the club towards safety and is looking to tomorrow's game against Morecambe to secure his first win in charge of the club.

A disappointing result away to Cambridge last week ruined any hopes of a fairytale start for Askey, but in his first game in charge in front of the home fans tomorrow, he's made it clear a win will be the only acceptable result. 

Fellow strugglers Morecambe will also be fighting for their lives tomorrow afternoon, as they too find themselves at the wrong of the League Two table. 

It's a game that Askey expects to be extremely tough and anticipates a battle on the pitch, but nevertheless wants his players to step it up a gear and give the fans something to shout about.

"Play with no fear, play with plenty of energy and work hard. Show the home crowd what they're about, I think if you work hard, close down and put the opposition under pressure you'll get results.

"It's important that we do it in every game and especially when we're home to get the crowd behind us all. The players have got to it, if they're doing it then the crowd will get behind them. 

"The responsibility is with the players then the crowd will come with them. If you're not winning people get frustrated and as a player you have to accept that. If someone has a go at you the best way is to run harder, work harder and show that you care."

The next four to six weeks for Askey as manager will be hugely important, as the Valiants face several clubs that also find themselves flirting with the relegation zone.

With Morecambe tomorrow, the Valiants also travel to fellow strugglers Cheltenham Town next Saturday, followed by a trip to bottom of the league side Notts County. In the reverse fixture against all three teams the result ended all square.

A win against The Shrimps tomorrow would give Vale a bit of breathing space, a game which Connell Rawlinson described as "a real six pointer", and John Askey knows all to well the importance of the upcoming games.

"I keep saying to the players all you can do is put everything into it. It doesn't matter who you're playing whether it's top or bottom, three points is vital in every game and that's what's at stake.

"We know how many points we have to get from now until the end of the season. If we lost Saturday, there's still more games to go but the vital thing is is getting there as early as possible."


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