Port Vale manager Neil Aspin has highlighted the importance of his side picking up points in front of a home crowd.
Vale face Bury tomorrow at Vale Park on the back of a tough run of home fixtures, and Aspin does not feel things will get any easier with the visit of Ryan Lowe’s side. He said,
“We must pick up points at home because every team wants to be winning in front of their own fans. We’ve had a difficult run of games with Exeter, MK Dons and Lincoln, but I would put Bury in the same category as them.
“They are another one of the teams that are going to do well this season, so we’ve been unfortunate that we’ve had them one after another, but we have to ensure we are better than we were in the last home game.”
The Valiants have been far from clinical in front of goal this season, registering just 14 goals in 15 games.
But Aspin’s side were defensively sound in their 0-0 draw at Stevenage on Tuesday night, and the 53-year-old has emphasised how vital it is that his team maintain this defensive solidity whilst they are lacking in the goals department.
“We’re not prolific in terms of scoring goals and until that changes, we are going to have to make sure we don’t give many goals away.
“The first goal in any game is important and that has been proven this season, and we have to work hard to get ourselves in front to give us the best chance of winning games.
“If you take the Lincoln game out of the equation, we’ve been fairly solid defensively. The number of goals against in those games has been decent and we’ve kept six clean sheets.
“That’s because the team have worked hard to defend and also score goals, but other than that one game we have been quite solid. We just have to continue that all the way through the season.”
The Vale boss also admitted that new signing Ricky Miller has given him a selection headache ahead of tomorrow’s clash with the shakers.
The 29-year-old was introduced just after half time at Broadhall Way in mid-week and was able to make an impact despite not being able to snatch all three points for his side.
“Ricky Miller will always be in my thoughts because I’ve signed him, and I believe that he can score goals. On Tuesday night he was a threat when he came on, working hard and having a few shots on goal.
“That showed more people what he is capable of, and now he has to do that on a more regular basis now. When he has his chance from the start, he needs to make sure he plays like that for the 90 minutes.”