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Silkmen test provides chance to climb the table says Askey

11 October 2019

Port Vale travel to Macclesfield Town tomorrow in search of their first league away win of the season and Askey has emphasised the importance of the fixture in regards to their league position.

The Vale's only away win of the campaign came away at Macclesfield in the Leasing.com trophy last month, were the Valiants ran out 3-2 winners in Cheshire.

Despite that victory, Askey has stressed that the Macclesfield team tomorrow will be a different side to the one his players faced last month, and that the previous result will have no affect on how tomorrow's fixture plays out.

The Vale are now unbeaten in four matches in all competitions, and Askey has admitted that his players are confident that they can get the job done tomorrow afternoon.

He said: "From our point of view, I don't think it [3-2 win over Macclesfield last month] has much bearing, whether it affects them I don't know, because they'll be a different team to the one we played on that day.

"Our players are confident, they've [Macclesfield] had a few draws, not won for a while so obviously we're in a better position than them at the moment but every game is different, we've got to make sure we're up for this game and we perform like we have done.

"We know the importance of Saturday's game, it's a massive game for us because if we can get to 20 points after 13 games, it puts us in a real good position."

Askey's squad has been plagued with injuries so far this season, but aside from Emmanuel Oyeleke, Tom Conlon and Callum Evans who are still sidelined, the gaffer has a full squad to choose from.

With a fully fit squad comes a selection headache for the gaffer, yet Askey stresses that competition is healthy and that getting results in the main concentration.

Frequent injuries throughout the beginning of the season forced Askey into recruiting to cover certain positions, and the boss is more than happy that the current squad can see the team through into January.

He said: "I'ts just Manny [Emmanuel Oyeleke] and Tom Conlon, Callum [Evans] is a few days away and everyone else is fit so we're getting more or less back to full fitness again.

"You never keep people happy, the main thing is getting results and if we're getting the results then the team can more or less pick itself. We've got competition and that's what you want, there will always be players out of the team, and if there happy then that's not normal as a football player.

"Very much so, [happy with the size of the squad] we've had to bring in a couple because of the amount of injuries that we've had but overall we've done well so I think it was important we got enough bodies in to see us through to January and hopefully come then we will be in a strong position."

 


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