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Attacking the area of focus for John Askey ahead of Notts County

26 February 2019

Port Vale manager John Askey has emphasised the importance of taking care of the ball when the Vale go forward and punishing teams when they have the chance.

The Valiants have scored just one goal in their past seven games in all competitions and 28 all season. For John Askey, going forward and attacking in games is an obvious area that needs working on.

The gaffer showed his frustrations after the Cheltenham game where he felt his side were showing signs of naivety going forward and wasted opportunities when they arose

Notts County are next up away from home for the Valiants where the result could play a massive part in deciding who retains their League Two status for next season and for John Askey, attack is the way forward against the Magpies.

"We have got to find a way to create more chances, especially in the first three games we've created enough chances to win games. We had the ball in the back of net twice on Saturday. We're not far away with regards to creating chances.

"We need to get in the 18 yard box more, make the chances easier and make more use of set pieces. We've been having plenty of set pieces, corners, free kicks in and around the edge of the box. 

"That's one area where our movement, aggression and determination has got to be better so we can win games."

This Saturday's opponents, Notts Couty, sit rock bottom of the Sky Bet League Two table where they've picked up just 28 points in a turbulent season that's seen three different managers in charge.

The Vale have failed to take advantage in recent weeks of beating teams sat around them at the bottom of the table. A win for the Valiants against County would end the torrid run of form they've been on and give them some much needed breathing space between from the bottom two. 

Heading into the game, John Askey has sent a clear message to the players saying yesterday in his press conference he wants people playing "who are willing to die for the cause" and is looking to bring all three points back to Vale Park.

"It's a great opportunity and one of the biggest games the clubs ever had on Saturday. There will be a big crowd on Saturday and I know Notts County are encouraging all their supporters to get behind the club because they know the importance of it.

"I'm sure there will be a lot from Port Vale making the trip to Nottingham. It's going to be a huge game but it's one the players should relish!

"It's a bit like a cup final really and there will be a good atmosphere. Hopefully it will get the players going."


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