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Another commanding display from the back four leaves Askey delighted

19 January 2020

It's now two clean sheets in the last three matches for the Vale, and the gaffer was once again pleased with what he saw from his defence yesterday afternoon.

When the two sides met at Brisbane Road earlier on in the season, they played out a 3-3 thriller with Askey’s side conceding late on, but this time the Vale proved much more of a stubborn customer, restricting Orient to very little chances.

Cristian Montano continued his stint at left-back yesterday afternoon and the gaffer had praise for his performance once again, highlighting his battling qualities throughout the 90 minutes emphasising how his eagerness to win rubbed off on the rest of the team.

A win and clean sheet now leaves the Vale just three points off a play-off place in League Two, and the Vale boss says that his side can now start again and continue to push the top-seven.

“As you say, they all played well right from the off, Monty winning his first header and winning it with aggression and it sets us all off and that’s how he’s been since he’s gone in at left-back really, he’s grown into the position and he appears to be getting better.

“He looks as though he wants to win when he goes out and that gets the other lads going as well, but it was a good performance by all four.

“We’re not the most physical of teams although we compete but it was nice to come here and conditions be good, and we can start again now.”

After a run of four games away from Vale Park before yesterday, Askey explained how he was delighted that his players were able to put on a show back in front of their own fans.

It was a dominant display from the Valiants throughout their win over Orient, picking up a well-deserved three points, and the gaffer was impressed with the team’s performance, in particular David Amoo who terrorised the O’s backline and ultimately scored a stunning winner to seal all three points.

Askey admits however that it should have been more an 1-0 on the day with his side squandering some fine chances, but emphasises that even if his side hadn’t picked up the win, he was still pleased with the way his players approached the match.

“Pleased today with the performance, I thought we played a lot of good football, should have scored more goals but pleased that after a really busy period we got three points at home and put on a good show.

“I was pleased for David he started the game really well caused them problems and then it can only do his confidence good now he s had a good run of game which he probably hasn’t had for quite a few years now and hopefully he’s going to get stronger as the season continues.

“But I was pleased with a lot of the football, and as you say there were chances, Will [Atkinson] should have scored, David Worrall should have scored, Mark Cullen should  have score and there was numerous half chances as well so that was the pleasing thing. Even if we hadn’t got the result, I was just pleased that we played some good football.

“We’re about movement, plenty of runs forward, passing the ball, getting the ball into the box and we saw plenty of that today, there’s plenty we can improve on and that’s what were looking to do all season, keep improving."


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