Port Vale midfielder Whitfield ready for battle in fight against the drop


Port Vale midfielder Ben Whitfield is ready to give it his all for the team as they travel to Cheltenham tomorrow, in another important game in the Valiants’ fight for survival.

Whitfield was dropped from the starting 11 against Colchester two weeks ago and was substituted at half time in their 0-0 draw with Morecambe last weekend, but he said he’s ready to fight for the team if called upon.

“I have to respect the manager’s decision, on the bench or the starting 11, I’ll give it my all if I get the nod to come on,” he said.

“It’s tough but that’s the side he picks for that game, if I get the nod I’ll give 100%.”

Whitfield signed an extension to his loan deal, from Bournemouth, in January but has been labelled inconsistent, like his side, since their 4-0 win over Luton in December.

He believes they can regain their form and that he has no problem with manager Neil Aspin.

“We’re not scoring enough, we’re keeping clean sheets but drawing games 0-0 and it’s not good enough,” said Whitfield.

“There are multiple things you can put it down to but as long as the lads and I work hard that’s all you can do.

“We’ve got a good relationship, he wanted to keep me January so I’m still happy, I want to get back to form then I’ll be happy.”

The Valiants lie two points behind Cheltenham and the midfielder says he needs to add more goals to his game, something that could be key for Aspin’s side tomorrow.

“Sometimes it’s getting into the positions to score, when we get the ball down and play and get shots off, that’s how we play, we need to get back to that,” he said.

“It’s an important game, we need a win to push ourselves up the table away from the relegation zone.”


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