Port Vale manager Neil Aspin irritated by timing of Barnet fixture

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Port Vale manager Neil Aspin has criticised the Football League after the club’s postponed match at Barnet was re-arranged for next Tuesday.

Aspin believes his side have been unlucky with the recent fixture pile up.

Vale travel to Grimsby on Saturday before the huge clash with Barnet at the bottom of the League 2 table.

The Vale manager had hoped his side would have had a little more time to prepare for such an important clash, especially without star man Tom Pope.

“My thoughts are that the Football League haven’t paid any attention to our views, but it doesn’t surprise me,” he said.

“No one is going to do us any favours, but we have got to get on with the game and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Star man Tom Pope has undergone successful surgery, and could be back in time for their increasingly crucial Easter period.

Aspin was convinced that Barnet wanted the game to be played on Tuesday (March 13th), thus meaning his men would have less time to recover.

“It’s obvious they wanted to play the game next week, I knew that from when the game was called off, and I don’t see any other teams playing on that day who had a rearranged fixture. The game has to be played though.”

The next two months will prove crucial in the battle to avoid the drop, and Aspin knows that his side may not be able to pick up points in every game, but wants them to compete.

“It doesn’t matter who we play, these next two months are vital for the club. We need to take points in both months and be competitive in all games. This month looks the more critical of the two with who we have to play, but you never know in football.”

Port Vale have only managed three points from their last six games, and the manager is looking for someone to step up in the absence of Pope.

“If you have one goal scorer who has 16 goals, and the next forward has one or two goals, it is a problem. Like I said though, it is time to get their fingers out.

“I’m looking for someone to go and make a name for themselves. They could maybe even go and get the same adulation from the fans as Pope does.”

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