Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

John Askey thankful for supportive Vale fans

5 March 2019

Port Vale manager John Askey has praised the fans for their "unbelievable support" and believes they can be key for the players heading into the end of the season.

The Valiants travelled in their numbers to Notts County on Saturday despite the league position of the club, taking just shy of 1500 fans to Meadow Lane.

It was a fantastic following by the Port Vale fans who created a brilliant atmosphere on the day, one which was recognised and much appreciated by everyone associated with the club.

David Worrall, who jokingly said the fans "wouldn't shut up but that's what you want' on Saturday, had his thoughts echoed by manager John Askey today and says their support is very important for the team.

"I think everyone knows they're vital. I'm sure the supporters are going to get behind us because they realise it's not the time to be moaning groaning because so much is at stake.

"Also the players have to give them something to cheer about. Over the last few games they have, especially on Saturday. The support was unbelievable from the first minute to the last.

"The supporters really got behind them and you can always see the players responding to that as well."

Last weekends draw away at Notts County was John Askey's first point gained as Port Vale manager since his appointment back in February, ending a four game losing streak.

Askey described the Vale's performance as "the best they've played" since he's arrived at Vale Park in a game where Vale did everything right except managing to put the ball in the back of the net.

The Valiants created numerous chances on the afternoon. Tom Pope had his header narrowly glance wide from a Worrall cross whilst Tom Conlon's free kick was saved brilliantly by the County keeper. With plenty of positives to take from the game, Askey believes his side have set the benchmark for how they should perform for the remaining games.

"The figures showed that their work rate has continually gone up from when I first came in. They can still work harder but I think it showed against Notts County, I don't think we really gave them a minutes peace.

"We fought for every ball and that's what we've got to do. First and foremost in a game of football you've go to compete and then hopefully your ability comes through.

"It's important that you do it right in training because then you can take it out onto the football pitch. If you're not doing it right in training then you're hoping for a bit of luck when you play."


Advertisement block