Port Vale manager Neil Aspin remains convinced his side still can mix it with the best in SkyBet League 2, despite the fact their search for a win is well into its third month.
Vale’s 2-2 draw on Saturday at home to Stevenage was their 12th game without a win. But the manager believes his squad are doing all they can to arrest their slide.
‘‘Obviously I’m not daft, when you’re not winning games the manager comes under pressure, but we’ve shown we can give a good account of ourselves against anyone.’’
Two late goals rescued a point from the jaws of defeat at a snowy Vale Park last time out. Those fighting qualities are something the manager believes will be vital in their battle against the drop.
‘’The main thing in a relegation fight is that you’re prepared to scrap, and the players showed that in a difficult game on Saturday. As long as we’ve got that, we’ll give ourselves a chance.’’
Vale welcome play-off chasing Exeter City this evening, with both teams desperate for wins that could impact both ends of the table.
Aspin was bullish in his assessment of the visitors to Vale Park. ”It doesn’t matter whether we play a team at the top or the bottom, we can’t afford to be conceding goals like we did on Saturday. We’ve got to focus on our own game. If we do that, the result will come.’’
Donovan Wilson, on loan from Wolves, came off the bench on Saturday to notch his first goal in professional league football. Aspin now believes he is beginning to adjust to senior football after only playing in the U23s previously.
‘’On Saturday he did the job we wanted and getting a goal will do his confidence the world of good.’’
A first win in 2018 will go a long way to allaying any lingering fears of relegation and Vale will hope that it’s lucky number 13 this evening against Exeter.