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The Vale must get into the habit of killing games off says John Askey

20 October 2019

The Valiants took the lead within the first ten minutes yesterday afternoon, yet were forced to settle for a point at home to Stevenage and Askey stresses that his side need to start getting that crucial second goal.

Jake Taylor scored his third goal of the season for the Vale yesterday afternoon after just 8 minutes, however a Kurtis Guthrie penalty 15 minutes later denied the Vale a second successive win at home.

Askey emphasised that his side enjoyed a lot of the ball yesterday, but admits that his side need to start getting the second goal to take the pressure off.

Despite extending their unbeaten start to the league at home to seven games, Askey admits he was disappointed in the way his side conceded.

“We had plenty of the ball but obviously they were going to sit in and make it hard for us, and then the decision comes whether you go with the two in the midfield and throw on an extra forward, but as we could see towards the end when you do that we lose a bit of control and allow them back into the game.

“That’s the thing, getting the next goal and then it enables you to play and the opposition really has to come out at you then.

 “It’s disappointing today the way we’ve conceded the goal, but it’s going to happen and we’ve just got to make sure we’re ready for the next one."

The Vale travel to Bradford City on Tuesday evening and Askey admits his players will be going into this one as underdogs.

The Bantams are expected to go up this season, and the gaffer says that it's a match that his players should be looking forward to, and it provides a chance to claim their first away win of the season in the league as the Valiants travel to Valley Parade under very little pressure.

Askey claims that his side are currently going through a sticky patch, yet key players are returning to the squad and he hopes a fully fit side can help the Vale push up the table.

"It’s a game that as a player you should be looking forward to, its going to be a decent crowd and they’re a team that are expected to go up.

“As you say we can go there relaxed and hopefully we can cause a bit of an upset and if we can do that, we will be even closer to the play-offs.

“It provides competition [players returning], we’re doing okay, like I say it’s a sticky period but we’ve lost one in five games, the supporters, myself, everybody at the football club, we're expecting to do better this season."


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