Askey praises fans ahead of tough Mansfield fixture

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Port Vale manager John Askey has praised the support from fans following their draw away to Notts County on Saturday.

“It gave the players a real lift and you could see players growing in confidence and when the crowd gets behind them it gives them that extra yard

“It’s like having the twelfth man.”

Although Askey was positive following the away draw he still admits Vale will have to improve if they are to survive.

“We’ve got to take heart from it, obviously I’m not ecstatic that we only got a point when we should have got three.

“It’s a starting point and the lads should take confidence from their performance.”

One blatant difficulty for the Staffordshire side this season has been the lack of goals scored, currently having only scored once in their last eight games.

“It’s not often you get as many chances as that in a game and don’t score having created eight or so chances.

“If you created four you’d expect at least one to go in.

“We just need that little bit of luck and instead of hitting someone’s shoulder and going wide, it hits them and goes in.”

The Valiants manager was full of respect for League Two high flyers Mansfield although has stated his side is up for the challenge ahead.

“They’re a strong team, their wage bill’s huge for the league, they’ve got some good players and they’re expecting to go up.

“Whoever we play we know we can match, there’s nobody to fear.

“I think we have to be aware of how they play but more importantly it’s about how we play and the most important thing is the players go out and express themselves and put a shift in.

“We just have to take each game as it comes and see which is the best way to go with each game.”

With just eleven games to go in the League Two season, Askey has stated how vital the fans will be in the league’s conclusion.

“At this time of the season it’s huge, we all know the circumstances we’re under and what we need to do and to do that we need everybody behind us.

“If we give them something to shout about again it’ll be a great atmosphere.”

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