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John Askey praises a strong second-half from his players

6 October 2019


John Askey praises a strong second-half from his players

6 October 2019

Manager John Askey was left pleased with his side yesterday, as they battled from one goal down to clinch all three points against Morecambe.

It was a frustrating first period for the Vale yesterday afternoon, but Luke Joyce's first goal for the club along with a Tom Pope brace in the second half means that Vale continued their unbeaten league start at home.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark yesterday afternoon, and Askey has praised his side for keeping their patience after Morecambe scored the opener then proceeded to sit back. 

It was a much improved second period for the Vale, and Askey emphasised that there was no need for the hair-dryer treatment at the interval.

The gaffer has stressed that there are no easy games in the division, yet this one was a fixture that he expected to win.

He said: "It's pleasing that in the second half we kept our patience and the crowd did as well, it can be frustrating when they [Morecambe] go down to ten men and you're not scoring, but no it was a good three points.

"We just spoke about what we needed to do, it wasn't a time for having a go, it was a time to sort it out talk about what we needed to do.

"Everybody, myself included expects us to win this game today, its always going to be hard, there is no easy game in this league, nobody is that much better than anybody else."

With Joyce grabbing his first goal for the club and Will Atkinson winning man of the match on his second debut, Askey was full of praise for his players after another spirited performance yesterday and also emphasised 

Joycey scored one of the best goals you're likely to see at Vale Park this season, and Askey says how that will help his confidence throughout the season.

Despite being a very versatile player, Atkinson was thrown into an unnatural position yesterday afternoon, however made the role is own as he picked up the man of the match award.

Ritchie Bennett was also introduced at the break, and Askey spoke about how it's important to have those kind of options on the bench.

He said: "I'm really pleased with him [Joyce] because obviously he's not known for his finishing but again that will give him confidence, when he see's the ball in around the box we won't be afraid to have a go.

"He showed what good footballer he [Atkinson] is, it's not is natural position, he's probably never played there before other than right-wing back, but it worked for us today because we had a lot of the ball and having that quality on the ball helped us.

"Ritchie's been doing well, he's been unlucky not be playing but it's a nice option to have and all of a sudden we became quite a big team so we're able to change it up."





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