Port Vale manager Aspin insists side must keep believing ahead of Cheltenham game

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Port Vale manager Neil Aspin claims belief is the most important thing as his side look to end a six-game winless run away at Cheltenham tomorrow (Feb 10).

Vale haven’t won since the end of December, a 4-0 win against Luton, and Aspin insists negativity cannot set in as they search for crucial points to stay away from the relegation zone.

“Belief is the biggest thing, when you’re winning confidence is there but when you’re not, it dips,” he said.

“We’ve got to keep the players positive for every game, they can’t be negative.

“It will turn. We will get a result, obviously we need a result, sooner rather than later but they’ve got to believe they can get a result on Saturday.”

Cheltenham sit two points and three places above Vale in 16th, making this a vital game in the bottom half of League Two.

“There’s no magic wand, it’s going to be a battle until the end of the season and we’re in a group of teams all looking to achieve the same goal,” said Aspin.

“We have to work hard to get the points to stay up but no one is going to give us the points we have to work hard to get them.”

Inconsistency has meant the Valiants are still looking over their shoulders but the manager was giving nothing away about his team selection for tomorrow’s vital encounter.

“When you’re not winning games the tendency is always to change things and you have to look at all things if you’re not getting results,” he said.

“But I know my team for Saturday, you have to look at the core of your squad that play week in, week out, there won’t be wholesale changes.”

Anton Forrester scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 reserves win over Mansfield reserves in midweek, doing his chances for a first team place no harm according to Aspin.

“He’s done himself no harm, you want players to give a good account for themselves in reserve games, make you think about selection for next game,” said Aspin.

“Good for him to get some goals, he’ll be considered for Saturday’s game.”

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