Aspin looking for his side to be positive in Wycombe encounter

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Port Vale Manager Neil Aspin is looking for his players to be brave ahead of their clash with Wycombe on Saturday.

Vale will be looking to get the vital points they need to send them further up the table, away from the relegation zone.

The Valiants sit 20th in league two, seven points adrift of the drop and with no win in their last 13 league games, it’s crucial they get a result away at Adams Park tomorrow.

Manager Aspin stressed the need to respect Vale’s opponents but also be on the front foot as well.

He said: “I’ve watched them play and they are capable of going through midfield but they’re also not scared to go straight from goalkeeper to Akinfenwa.

“So, they mix their play up, they put balls in the box and they do score goals.

“We will have to defend well as a team, individuals will have to play well but we have to be positive we have to be on the front foot ourselves – it is no good in sitting back an inviting pressure.

“We need to get higher up the pitch and we need to cause them problems.

“We won’t be sitting back, we need to be brave, the players have to be brave.

Ahead Port Vale’s game on Saturday their reliable centre back Nathan Smith will be looking to make his 100th consecutive appearance for the club.

Smith will become only the 14th player in the club’s history to achieve this.

Aspin said:” Nathan has been a consistent performer for the club as you know what you’re going to get from him.

“He gives 100 percent in effort and commitment every week.

“If you think at how many changes there has been at the club, how many personnel changes, to play 100 games consecutively takes some doing.

“He has been a consistent performer and we all hope he can play many more.”

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