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Neil Aspin believes there is a positive atmosphere in the dressing room ahead of Wycombe

23 March 2018


Neil Aspin believes there is a positive atmosphere in the dressing room ahead of Wycombe

23 March 2018

Manager Neil Aspin has said that despite the recent loss at home against Exeter and the league position the club finds itself in, it hasn't affected the positive mentality the players have.

After a battling away on Tuesday night against Exeter City, the Valiants couldn't find the back of the net despite the 19 attempts at goal and 40 crosses put into the box.

The display from the team did not go unnoticed, as Valiant fans recognised the effort and commitment Neil Aspin's side showed on the evening.

Despite the recent form of going without a win in the new year so far and the ongoing relegation battle, the gaffer says you wouldn't be able to detect the Vale have gone so long without winning a game.

"I think the atmosphere is good amongst the players." he said.

"You can only keep saying it and we're getting to a stage now where we have to win games. Certainly over the next couple weeks we have to win games there's no question about that.

 "We had a margin for error but I feel like that's gone and we have to win games. The players were obviously disappointed on Tuesday night, but they weren't disappointed in the way they played or the fact they more than matched and were better than a team who are in the play offs, but it's all about getting results.

"Unfortunately at the moment for whatever reason we're not getting the results we want, but they've got to keep trying and they've got to keeping playing and believing."

Vale travel to promotion hopefuls Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow afternoon in search of their first three points in 2018.

The Valiants still remain without top goal scorer Tom Pope, but over on the oppositions side manager Neil Aspin is well aware of the presence and threat Wycombe's top scorer has, Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Akinfenwa has notched up an impressive 18 goals so far this season and 12 assists, but the gaffer believes his defenders are well informed on how to deal with the strikers potential threats.

"I've played as a centre half myself, you've obviously got problems the nearer to goal he takes you so we've got to try and keep him out the box as much as possible and obviously limit the service into him.

"He's having a good season, he is a handful and he does score goals. He will have to be somebody who we have to keep quiet if we're going to win the game."

Nathan Smith looks set to start his 100th consecutive game for the Valiants this Saturday against Wycombe, the 13th player to do so in a Vale shirt. The gaffer confirmed Antony Kay is still not fully fit to feature.




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