Port Vale skipper Jak Alnwick defends zonal marking


Newly appointed Port Vale captain Jak Alnwick has defended his team’s way of defending set pieces.

Vale manager Bruno Ribeiro has come in for some stick after conceding two goals from set pieces against Northampton at the weekend, which turned out to be costly as Vale lost 3-2.

However his skipper has leapt to his defence of this tactic.

“You can look at a couple of different things, but at the end of the day, you have to be brave. There’s a lot of teams use zonal marking and it works really well. I don’t think It’s gonna be a massive issue going forward,” he said.

Alnwick was pushed for what he thought was exactly going wrong.

“I think it’s a lack of concentration and aggression. The tactic isn’t too bad. You’ve seen teams over the years that have used it and its worked brilliantly for them.”

Speaking of the loss against Northampton at the weekend Alnwick was trying to look at the positives, despite being frustrated by Vale’s inability to turn good performances in to points.

“At 1-1 I thought we were the better team. We had them pinned for 20 minutes and they had to try hurt us on the counter. But we didn’t grab the goal when we were on top. We need to start putting performances in to wins, we had the performance on Saturday. We looked good.”


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