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"We'll be going there positive" - Neil Aspin on trip to Bristol Rovers

21 January 2019

On the back of a fantastic weekend away to Crawley Town, manager Neil Aspin says he's pleased to have the Bristol Rovers game so soon after the win and is hoping Vale can make further progress in the Checkatrade Trophy.

With a spot in the semi-final of the competition up for grabs, the gaffer insists that his Vale side have their minds fully set on going to struggling League One side Bristol Rovers to cause an upset and win.

Despite having to rotate the side that beat Crawley at the weekend due to the likes of Adam Crookes (cup-tied) and James Gibbons (suspended) unavailable to pick from, Neil Aspin wants his side to challenge Rovers with the right mind set.

"We have to go there positive, we've got to go there to try and win the game. It doesn't matter whatever league it is, we have to be positive and we've got to set out to win the game.

"It's never a bad thing if you can get to Wembley. We want to stay in the competition and if we can go back to what we said, our away form has been good recently.

"We're not looking at it as a negative that we're going away tomorrow, we're quite happy to be travelling and playing away so let's go there and be positive!"

The Valiants are yet to lose a game in the Checkatrade Trophy so far. Vale kept a 100% winning record in the competition until we met Shrewsbury Town in the previous round, a game which was decided in Vale's favour on penalties. 

Despite the competition not being the most popular amongst supporters around the country, it has at times proved to be a morale booster when the club has needed one. With a dip in league form over Christmas, the 4-0 win over Stoke will be a game to remember for this season. The game also created the platform for Cristian Montano to pick up the Player of the Round Award.

With the trip to Bristol Rovers tomorrow, Neil Aspin is happy with the attitude his players have shown towards the competition so far and to still be within a chance of reaching Wembley.

"I'm pleased we've got the game. We've set out from the start to get as far as we could in the competition, it's been a good for us so far and we want it to continue.

"We know that Bristol Rovers will play a strong side and will be looking for a reaction from their game on Saturday. We have to go there and be positive.

"We needed two results to change the atmosphere around the place. We've had one now we have to get another one tomorrow."


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