Port Vale’s Marcus Harness hoping to step up in absence of injured Tom Pope

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After an inconsistent spell during his loan at Port Vale, Marcus Harness is hoping that he can make an impact for the Valiants before the end of the season.

The on-loan Burton Albion midfielder, has had a stop-start career throughout his time at Vale Park, and is hoping he can be the man to step up in the absence of star man Tom Pope.

“Yes, I would love to (replace Tom Pope). I haven’t played much in the last few weeks, obviously I want to help the team improve on the season we’ve had so far,” Harness said.

Aspin was pleased with Harness’ honesty when it came to his personal performances, and the midfielder was the first to admit that he hadn’t done enough for the cause this season.

“Yes, of course I don’t feel like I’ve got enough but hopefully I can get back in the team, but once you get one goal it makes the rest come easier.

“I have only got two goals and a handful of assists, and I’d say making goals is my strength, but it’s just not fallen for me this season. We have a few games to go, so we’ll see how I go”

The Valiants have two crucial games against Grimsby who lie a point ahead of Vale and Barnet who are at the foot of League 2. Nevertheless, Harness feels that it is paramount that his team mates put in a good performance and come away with points in both games.

“It’s massive! Grimsby and Barnet are both around us, and I wouldn’t say one game is bigger than the other, they’re huge. We’ll be looking to go and win both games,” he said.

After being officially presented to the media this week, new manager Michael Jolley’s Grimsby Town have reduced the entry fee and have allowed children in for free for their game against Port Vale at the weekend in an attempt to create a better atmosphere for the home side. Harness though, is sure that if Vale play their own game they can come away with all three points

“You never know how it will go, with a new manager. We’ll be up for it though, and if we’re at it we can beat anyone in this league”

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