New manager Neil Aspin says Port Vale will go back to basics for Cheltenham clash


Newly appointed Port Vale manager Neil Aspin says he is not going to try and ‘re-invent the wheel’ at the club, but take a back to basics approach in an attempt to steer the Valiants away from trouble.

Aspin stated that he has been trying to focus on his own team’s improvements in the lead-up to Vale’s home clash against Cheltenham on Saturday, and emphasised the need to find a formation that best suits his players.

“We’re not here to re-invent the wheel, we’re here to work hard,” he said.

“We’ve tried this week to focus on ourselves rather than the opposition. We’re trying to play in a formation that suits the players.

“Whichever formation we play, we’ve got to get support up to Popey [Tom Pope], that’s the main thing.

“The pitch here is a big pitch, the key is getting our defensive line to squeeze up a lot higher so we can try and get more into contact with our forward players.”

Despite focusing on rebuilding the confidence in his own side this week, Aspin made it clear that he expects a difficult test from the visiting side on Saturday.

“I think you’ve always got to be respectful of who you’re playing against,” he added. “It would be silly not to know what their [Cheltenham’s] strengths and weaknesses are.

“But if we don’t get our own game in order then it’s irrelevant who we play against.

“All the games are difficult tests and all the leagues are competitive no matter what league you’re in. We’ve found out this season just how hard it is to win games.”

Port Vale will be hoping to turn around their poor form with a win on Saturday, where the game kicks off at 3pm at Vale Park.


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