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Brisley describes yesterday's performance as a 'minor blip'

26 January 2020

The Vale had lost just one in eight league games prior to yesterday's defeat, and Shaun Brisley emphasises that Tuesday can't come quick enough as the players look to put things right.

Askey’s men had been performing well recently and producing some excellent results, and Brisley stresses that yesterday was just a minor blip and the players will look to eradicate it on Tuesday.

The Valiants could have moved to within just two points of a play-off spot with a win yesterday, and the Vale centre-half is focused on going back on an unbeaten run and continuing to push up the table.

From a personal point of view, Brisley will now look to take his chance in the Vale side after Nathan Smith had to be forced off yesterday following an injury.

“We’ve got a game, a turnaround very quickly to put things right, the lads are obviously disappointed in there. From the performances we’ve given recently, we were well below par today for our standards, and we want to eradicate that quickly and Tuesday can’t come quick enough now.

“We’ll take this as one minor blip, we go again Tuesday and we try and put things right and keep picking up those points, get on an unbeaten run and start pushing up the table.

“You’ve always got to be switched on for these situations but it’s a shame for Smudge [Nathan Smith] because I think he’s been different class, I think he’s been quality him and Leggey [Leon Legge] at the back so it’s such a shame for him to pick up a little injury but hopefully it’s not too bad but yeah hopefully I can take my chance now and cement my place in the team.”

Swindon still remain top of the table after they continued their fine home form, and Brisley says that they did the simple things right which ultimately earned them the three points.

The 29-year-old admits that they gifted the Robins’ all three goals yesterday afternoon, and it would have been a completely different game if they could have avoided costly mistakes.

As the gaffer said, Brisley admits that the Vale tried to play in areas that they shouldn’t have, which allowed Swindon to execute their game plan.

“They just did the simple things right and we tried to overplay in areas where we shouldn’t have today, and we’ve gifted them goals.

“We’ve gave them the three goals, we eradicate our mistakes and it doesn’t lead to those three goals and we’re in the game.

“We’ve discussed it in there, we tried to play in areas that we shouldn’t have played in and they’ve just done basics, put it in behind us, willing runners, second balls and that was their game plan and it worked today."

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