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John Askey praises impressive defensive performance after MK Dons win

10 November 2019

Port Vale progressed into the second round of the FA Cup with a win over MK Dons yesterday afternoon, and Askey is pleased that his side withstood strong second-half pressure from the Dons.

David Worrall put the Valiants ahead after just 19 minutes at Stadium MK, and Askey’s men battled tirelessly in the second period to see out an impressive victory.

It was the Vale’s third consecutive clean sheet in all competitions, and the gaffer admits that he couldn’t see his side conceding throughout the 90 minutes.

Cristian Montano once again slotted into the left-back position yesterday afternoon, and the Vale boss had high praise for him once more after another strong performance .

“Now the players are used to playing together, it takes time the way that we play but at the moment its coming together, and if you keep clean sheets then you’ve always got a chance, that’s what we’ve done again today.

“I couldn’t see us conceding today, the longer the game went on they were keeping the ball but never really getting behind us or nobody’s getting the headers on the crosses, it’s really pleasing, we’re a lot more calmer when the ball comes into the box so long may it continue.

“It's been a bonus Monty coming in, and you rightly say nobody goes past him, it’s really difficult because he’s so quick and he recovers quickly. The timing of his tackles have been good as well which has surprised me, he looks a good player in that position and perhaps it’s no coincidence that he’s come in and we’re keeping clean sheets."

Just shy of 600 Vale fans made the trip to a rainy Buckinghamshire yesterday, and Askey was delighted that his side could get the win for them.

The Vale boss emphasises that his side thoroughly deserved the win, and that the players were unlucky not to be two or three goals up at half-time.

The Valiants had to wait until late October for their first away league win of the campaign, they have now won three away games in a row in all competitions, and the gaffer is pleased that his side are starting to see out games on the road more confidently.

"It’s great to come to a third division club and get the result you wanted, and when you’ve got 600 fans again following us it’s great to send them home with a smile on their face.

“I thought we deserved it, the first half we should have gone in two or three up, the second half we didn’t keep the ball well enough, we had to battle, that’s what the players did, and limited them to very few chances again, Browny [Scott Brown] didn’t have a lot to do and it’s great to be in the next round.

“As I've said before, we weren’t playing badly away from home, we just needed to see one or two games out better than what we did."

 


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