Port Vale Manager Neil Aspin says the league is the main priority

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Struggling Port Vale face Shrewsbury Town in a CheckaTrade Trophy clash tonight, but manager Neil Aspin admits his focus is mainly on his team’s league form.

Aspin has said he is expecting a tough game from The Shrews ahead of the 19:45 o’clock kick off: “We will expect a tough game, they’ll make a few changes.

“They’ve got players desperate to get in their first team because they’ve been successful.”

Aspin admitted his side are struggling recently with results and is prioritising the league after his side drew 1-1 against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup second round last weekend: “We’re certainly going to try in cup competitions. I expect us to give it a good go, but overall the priority is to stay in the league.

“The priority is the league, I would take league points above anything else.

“In any game of football, you want to try and do yourself justice and put on a good performance, but if you gave me the choice, we need points and points as quickly as possible. That’s the most important thing.”

Aspin has heaped praise on Shrews boss Paul Hurst: “I know their manager well, he’s a really good bloke, he’s doing a great job and I’m really pleased for him.

“He’s stepped up and taken them forward, they’re in a great position in the league.

“You want people like Paul to do well in football and he’s certainly making a good job of it there.”

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