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John Askey looking for 'huge' three points against Northampton Town

29 March 2019

With Northampton Town just around the corner, John Askey admits three points against the Cobblers would be 'huge' in their fight for Sky Bet League Two survival.

Port Vale's four-game unbeaten run came to an end last week as Forest Green Rovers ran out 2-0 winners at Vale Park, however spirits remain high in the camp and Askey is confident his players can bounce back this weekend against Keith Curle's Northampton.

Vale currently sit seven points clear of the drop zone in 21st place, however a win on Saturday could lift Vale to as much as 10 points clear depending on other results.

With a win firmly on his mind, Askey is still well aware of the threat this weekend's visitors pose.

He said: "It would be huge. Depending on results, we could go 10 or 11 points clear of relegation so that would be massive at this point in time.

"If we can get the three points, then hopefully we can finish off the season really well and strong. Northampton are obviously a good team - a strong team who have done well in the past nine or 10 games.

"It will be a tough game, but to come away with a result will be give us massive confidence and another step closer."

Askey is targeting at least three or four more wins until the end of the season and admits he'd like to finish the season on the 50-point mark.

Vale face just seven more games until the end of the season and the boss wants his Vale side to finish the 2018/19 League Two campaign strongly.

Taking each game as it comes, Askey would like to finish the season on an 'upbeat' note rather than a negative one.

He said: "We've just got to concentrate on ourselves. We've got plenty of games left to hopefully get three or four wins.

"As I said from when I first came in, we're looking to get around about the 50-points mark. If we do that then we'll finish off the season strong.

"We'd finish the season upbeat rather than thinking 'oh, we've just managed to get over the line'."


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