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John Askey: "It was really pleasing"

18 July 2019

DAVID Amoo’s “terrific goal” gave Port Vale another impressive win during this pre-season campaign, in a 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town that left manager John Askey impressed by his sides performance.

The Valiants put in a promising performance against Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town last night at Vale Park in which new signing David Amoo was the standout performer.

Amoo scored the only goal of the game, a beautiful curling effort from 25-yards out that found the far top righthand corner.

Askey was happy with the way his team played and praised both the attack and defence, and pointed out how impressive Amoo’s recent form has been. The gaffers made it clear however that he knows the form of the team needs to be taken into the coming season, starting with the opening day away trip to Colchester United.

He said: “Getting a win gives you confidence, and without getting carried away, it was really pleasing.

“If you hold your own against teams like Fleetwood it stands you in good stead for the rest of the season.

“We made one or two chances, I would like to have made more chances. I can’t really remember Scott Brown having to make a save, they hit the post but apart from that they had very few chances.

“He [Amoo] can’t stop scoring at the moment, I hope it carries on, that was a fantastic goal, quite well work as well.

“People won’t remember a pre-season game when it comes to when we play Colchester, all halfway through the season.”

Askey, despite his happiness with the win and performance, said he knows that pre-season success can’t carry you through a season if you don’t maintain the results, as halfway through the season it is forgotten about.

The addition of three new attacking players has improved the forward output of the team, an area that the manager wanted to improve upon following last season. Despite the impressive displays from Amoo and Cullen, Askey believes there is still room for improvement. 

Highlighting other areas that need to be worked on before the new season arrives, Askey believes that set-pieces are a key area of focus for development in order to further improve his sides game and results.

The only major set-piece opportunity Vale had, came in the 80thminute when Tom Conlon failed to beat the wall after David Worrall was brought down on the edge of the box.

Askey said: “One of the areas we can work on is set pieces, [we] scored very few offset pieces last season and is an area we need to improve on, that will get the tally up.

“We can mix it up a little bit and hopefully can cause teams problems from set-pieces.

"From open play we are creating, and hopefully we start scoring more goals."

 


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