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Cristian Montano praises 'amazing positivity' amongst the squad

29 October 2019

The Vale have made an impressive start to the campaign, and Montano has emphasised the togetherness and positivity within the changing room.

The Valiants have lost just one game in their last eight in all competitions, and the Vale winger has admitted that the team's current form makes it even more enjoyable to play for the club.

Montano says that the side would have been sat in a more comfortable position if they had picked up three points last weekend, but stresses that the players must focus on the positives.

The 27-year-old has also pointed out the progress the side has made under John Askey, and states that the hard work put in by the players has been key.

He said: “We are making progress, the togetherness in the squad and the positivity we’ve got around the players is actually amazing, it’s enjoyable to come into training.

“Knowing how well we’ve been doing here, we would have been happier picking up the three points on Saturday, it would have put us in a more comfortable position in the table, but we can’t be down because like I said, we’re still unbeaten at home, it’s a clean sheet, it’s a point on the board and we’ve just go to look forward to Saturday.

“It’s the mentality we’ve got now, its how we’re seeing games , we know the squad we’ve got, we know the togetherness, we know the quality, and the hard work we’re putting in, in training and in games as well, you can see we’re making progress.

The Vale winger has had to step in at full-back for the last two games, and after picking up the man of the match award following his display against Oldham, Montano is relishing is role at left-back.

The former Latics man has been no stranger to the full-back role throughout his time at the club, and admits he had to mentally prepare himself to fill in after being informed that Adam Crookes would miss out through illness.

The natural winger stresses that playing at left-back allows him to get on the ball more and run at players, and says that he doesn’t mind covering that position as long as he’s playing football.

He said: “The gaffer spoke to me just before the team meeting on Tuesday night, about how I felt playing left-back, and weirdly the night before that, knowing that Crookesy was ill [Adam Crookes], I knew I was going to play there, so I prepared myself mentally.

“I enjoy it really, I’m someone who likes to play football, and someone who likes to get on the ball and I feel like from left-back I’ve got the opportunity to actually get on the ball more and run at players from quite deep and actually start play sometimes.

“I do enjoy playing there, I don’t mind where I play as long as I’m playing football really, but if it is left-back then it’s going to be left-back, because I enjoyed the last time I played there and I’m enjoying it again.”

 


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