Port Vale boss Neil Aspin says his side’s season has been a disappointment no matter what happens against promotion-chasing Mansfield this weekend.
The Valiants currently sit nine points clear of the drop zone with three games left to play this season, and though he admits ending on a high would be good for the fans, nothing can take away from the disappointment of their relegation scrap.
Vale travel to Mansfield on Saturday knowing a win will mathematically secure their position in the Football League, but they come up against a team still in with a shout of making the play-offs.
Speaking ahead of the weekend’s clash, Aspin said: “Whatever happens in the next three games, it’s been a disappointing season for us. Three points of a result doesn’t change that, but what it will do is show that the players can do a job.
“It doesn’t do anybody any good by finishing the season with a whimper, and we need to make sure we’re competing in all these games.
The Vale boss went on to say that no game is easy in League Two, and he knows Mansfield will be well up for the match with plenty to play for after victory in their local derby.
“You can’t predict any game, whether they’ve had a change of manager or not,” said Aspin. “All I know is the fact that they’ve beaten their local rivals in a derby has given their season a kick start.
“Now they’re looking at playing three games against three teams lower down the table, so they’ll be after nine points to get themselves into the play-offs.”