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Luke Hannant says the mood has lifted following Saturday's win over Mansfield Town

11 March 2019

Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Mansfield Town, Luke Hannant has claimed spirits are high among the Vale squad heading into Yeovil Town tomorrow night.

John Askey secured his first win as Port Vale manager on Saturday as Ricky Miller's brace helped Vale on their way to a 2-1 victory over Mansfield at Vale Park.

Miller netted a quick-fire double in the space of two minutes to put the Valiants in the driving seat with 53 minutes on the clock.

With half an hour to go, Ajose tapped in from close-range to keep the game alive, however, a resolute defensive display ensured Vale earned their first win at Vale Park since late October.

Following the league clash, Hannant has said the victory over Mansfield has boosted morale among the squad as they look ahead to Yeovil.

He said: "The mood around the ground is a lot happier than it has been over previous weeks. We know how massive that win was.

"We'd come off the back of a few poor results but I don't think that was down to our performance; I think it was just the odd goal letting us down. 

"The performances recently have been really good. We played a high pressing game on Saturday and we forced them into a number of errors. 

"We need to take that kind of mentality into Tuesday's game."

Vale face a quick change-over as Yeovil Town make the long journey north to Vale Park this Tuesday night and Hannant believes the game has come at an opportune time.

The Vale midfielder played a pivotal role in the reverse fixture earlier this season - at the heart of both Cristian Montano goals as Vale ran out 3-0 winners at Huish Park.

With an opportunity to further the distance between themselves the relegation zone, Hannant wants to replicate Saturday's performance tomorrow night. 

He said: "This is the game that we are all looking forward to. We have to take the performance from Saturday's game into this Tuesday. 

"This is the big one so we shouldn't put ourselves under pressure because we know what we can do and we can just look forward to the game.

"There's a long way to go yet, but if we win Tuesday's game it would put us into a much better position than we have been over previous weeks."


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