Neil Aspin wants no excuses as Port Vale prepare for relegation battle

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Port Vale manager, Neil Aspin has called for a “no excuses” attitude from his team to fight relegation, starting with a win against Cambridge on Saturday.

The former Vale defender insists the team still has the “belief” and fight to escape relegation and “trusts everyone.”

Aspin admits every league game for the rest of the season is important and that his side have to be consistent every time they take the field. The Valiants are currently third from bottom, one point above the drop zone.

“We have to keep doing our job, keep working hard and eradicate our mistakes. As a defender myself, it is your job to be consistent every time but of course it doesn’t always be that way, ” said Aspin.

“In recent games, we have made too many mistakes at the back and we can’t afford to make any more errors.

“The constant theme all season has been the goals we have conceded. You can set up drills in training but it’s what they do on the pitch that matters.”

Despite no win in their last four games, the 52-year old said: “ We deserved to win against Yeovil and now the only focus is on Saturday.”

Saturday’s game sees Port Vale entertain Cambridge at Vale Park and insists the team need to focus on what they can do: “To cause them problems, that’s how we have to think.”

Vale have won just two of their last 12 league matches at Vale Park, failing to score in half of those fixtures.
Striker Tyrone Barnett could feature after shaking off a niggling injury whilst Ben Whitfield is also in contention to start after recovering from the ankle problem that saw him sidelined for six weeks.

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