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Saturday win shows squad belief says Gibbons

5 November 2019

Saturday afternoon saw Vale leave Gresty Road with all three points, a win which Gibbons believes shows what the Valiants are capable of achieving this season.

Crewe were sat top of the table and undefeated in eight heading into the game, but Jake Taylor's tap-in on the hour mark ended that run for the Alex and secured Vale their second away in on the bounce.

The turn in form away from is one that has been coming for the Valiants, who have showed signs of performing well away from home, but prior to the fantastic win at Bradford a few weeks ago, Askey's side were failing to see out performances and were dropping points late on.

November is a month where the Vale will be on their travels quite a bit. With Crewe already under their belt, the Valiants still have MK Dons and Scunthorpe to travel to, as well as a potential away fixture in the second round of the FA Cup should we beat the Dons on Saturday.

With confidence high amonst the squad heading into another away fixture this weekend, defender James Gibbons says the team are going into games with plenty of optimism.

"We were going to places and sort of not believing in what we could do. We'd go to Salford and look comfortable but then concede, we'd go to Leyton Orient, look comfortable and then concede in the last 10 minutes.

"We looked at that and thought Bradford was the perfect place to go, they were top of the league, we're the underdogs and if we lost there people probably wouldn't have batted an eye lid.

"Then Crewe Saturday was another perfect example of the belief we've now got. We're two points off the play-offs and six points off the top and that just shows how tight the league is and anyone can beat anyone on the day."

Gibbons has made a bright start to the season, starting every game he's been available for and missing just two. For Exeter away, the fullback was out with a back injury whilst missing our home game against Morecambe through suspension. 

The 21 year old recently mentioned on the clubs official podcast, Talk of the Vale, how much he's enjoying the season as he's now able to attack forward a lot more and link up with the likes of David Worrall and David Amoo. 

Vale's pressing style of play is something that gaffer has been installing into the team since regrouping for pre-season in the summer, and Gibbons says it's certainly paying off in games. 

"I just think the organisation of us, we've got that identity now of how we want to play and I think Crewe was set up just how we wanted to press them.

"We looked at that and where we could press them. I'm sure Jake Taylor said in his interview, we put them in areas where they were uncomfortable. 

"We look more organised and we know what we're doing. Everyone knows each others jobs and roles and we all know how we play so it's coming together well."

 


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