Port Vale Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick keen to bounce back from Coventry loss

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Port Vale keeper Jak Alnwick says that the squad are determined to put Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Coventry behind them and get back to the good form they have displayed early on this season, particularly on home soil.

The 23-year old has impressed since his arrival at Vale Park last year and is optimistic from what he has seen from his team-mates early on in this campaign.

“We have had our ups and downs so far”, Alnwick admitted.

“We have had a couple of disappointing results but we have had some brilliant results as well. If you look at the Millwall one it was a big statement but it was obviously disappointing to lose on Saturday.

“We know we have got a lot of room for improvement and we know we can be a lot better but overall I think it’s exciting times ahead.

Alnwick says the character of the side is a big factor in their current 6th place league position, which has been demonstrated in their positive responses to previous defeats.

“We know that we need to put Saturday’s defeat right and we have done that well so far this season.

“Now we need to string three or four wins together and that’s going to be our aim with some big league games coming up, providing us with a chance to put ourselves right at the top.”

Next up for the Valiants is a Checkatrade Trophy group game against Mansfield tonight (7:45pm), and the former Newcastle stopper says there is a slightly different feel to the newly structured cup encounters.

“It was a bit mixed last time out. There were a lot of people who didn’t like the fact that the young sides were coming in but a game is a game and a win’s a win so we are going to take it the same as any normal game.

“Obviously the manager will think about making a few changes but I think that is to rest a few players that need it. We will see what the atmosphere is like tomorrow but if we can go all the way in this competition it will be good for the fans.”

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