Port Vale manager Neil Aspin has spoken about the importance of keeping clean sheets in their games, and his side will be looking for three points against second placed Exeter City at Vale Park.
Aspin’s team currently sit in 14th place; 12 places below Saturday’s opponents who have only lost two of their league games so far.
In their last nine games, Vale have scored ten and conceded eight, so keeping a clean sheet is a priority for the manager.
“I’m aware of how many clean sheets you need to be successful.
“I think you always need to keep clean sheets at any level of football. It gives stability and it gives a platform to try and go on and win the games.
“I think you can always strive to do better but if, as a team you’re keeping the number of chances down to a minimum, I think that’s all you can do.”
Vale picked up three points in a 1-0 win at Crewe last weekend, and this has improved the atmosphere in the club as they prepare for Exeter.
“The atmosphere has been fine for the majority of the season. It’s just when we don’t get the results, everyone is disappointed and it can have a knock-on effect.
“You don’t want to do anything to quell the enthusiasm when everyone is so positive, so you let them get on with it. On Friday it’s really down to the preparation for Saturday and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for that.
“They’ve had a spring in their step this week. They’ve got to try and maintain it.”
Aspin admitted that he is not after praise if his team plays well, because it could all change in their next game.
“I’m not after pats on the back. If you play well fair enough, but don’t go overboard because it’s only one game.
“If you don’t play well, don’t be too negative because the next game is to put it right so you’ve just got to.”
As part of The Fans for Diversity campaign, players will be showing their support by wearing tee-shirts provided by the Port Vale Supporters Club.
Vice chairman of the Port Vale Supporters Club, Malcolm Hirst said: “Port Vale Supporters Club is celebrating this heritage of equality, diversity and inclusion at our match against Exeter City.
“We are giving out 300 tee-shirts proclaiming ‘Love Port Vale: Hate Racism’ and hope that fans will be able to wear them with pride today and in the future.”
Port Vale face Exeter City at 3pm on Saturday at Vale Park.