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Askey disappointed with lack of fight against Salford

8 January 2020

John Askey was left frustrated after last night's defeat as he felt he didn't see enough from his players to warrant anything from the match.

The Vale started the match in bright fashion yesterday, yet failed to kick-on from there and the gaffer felt there wasn't enough urgency from his players.

At 1-0 down the Valiants looked likely for an equaliser yet were punished for missed chances, and John Askey was left disappointed in the way his side conceded goals out of nothing.

The gaffer admits that he can deal with mistakes from his side yet draws the line at players not giving 100 percent for the football club, which he was displeased to see yesterday evening.

“Really disappointed, the first goal was a needless corner that we gave away and then didn’t deal with it, and the same with the second goal, a free-kick that we shouldn’t give away and not dealt with that. The third goal we’re on the break and thrown everything forward and that happens, especially when you’re playing in the cup competitions.

“We had chances to do something but there wasn't enough fight I didn’t think tonight to warrant getting anything. If people make mistakes, I can put up with that, if you’re not busting a gut for the football club then that’s not acceptable.

“There’s one or two that didn’t tonight, but on the whole the majority did, especially the ones that have been playing regularly but it was disappointing we didn’t see a little bit more from one or two that haven’t been playing.

The Valiants now turn their attention back to League Two for Saturday’s clash against Stevenage, and the gaffer stresses that his side have two winnable games coming up and is hoping that his players will be recovered for what will be their third away game in succession.

Prior to the Vale’s two cup fixtures against Man City and Salford respectively, Askey’s side had been playing well in the league with only one loss in six, and the gaffer emphasises that if they can re-capture that form they will win more than they lose.

Despite the excitement surrounding cup competitions, especially this season, the Vale boss stresses that the important thing from the start was the league, and he is hoping his side can push on to continue their fight for a play-off place.

“We’ve had a little bit of glory in the cup which has obviously brought much needed funds in, the important thing right from the off was the league, and we need now to try and push on.

“We’ve now got two very winnable games, hopefully everybody has recovered by Saturday and we can push on again, we can play the sort of football we played in the first half of the season and there’s no reason why we can’t.

“Up until these two cup games we’ve been playing quite well, as we saw against Swindon and the other games, there were two or three games around the Swindon game that we should have won. If we can get back playing like that then we’re going to win more than we lose so it’s important that they pick themselves up and go again.”


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