Vale victory over Crewe will be enough to avoid the drop – Askey

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Port Vale manager John Askey says he thinks victory in Saturday’s derby clash at Vale Park will be enough to keep the Valiants away from the dreaded drop. Vale have bragging rights having won the reverse victory at Gresty Road in September courtesy of a Leon Legge header.

“Three points put us on 47 and you’d like to think that would be enough. It’s not over till it’s over,” said Askey.

“We are still wary but hopefully we finish the job sooner rather than later.”

Vale have been in form as of late only losing one of their last five games, to Forest Green. Last time out the Valiants defeated Northampton away from home with local hero Tom Pope scoring a 75th minute penalty and his 100th for the club at Northampton and Askey is not concerned about his youthful backline.

Askey has a tough choice to make with Tom Pope close to returning or does he stick with Ricky Miller? Pope will be eager for more after netting his 100th goal and will want to score against the club where it all started.   

Opponents Crewe have been inconsistent of late thumping Crawley 6-1 at Gresty Road then losing two weeks later losing at home to Cheltenham 3-1 in their last match.

Crewe Alexandra first team Alex Morris has said there is “room for changes” following last week defeat and George Ra’s subsequent sending off.

‘Speaking about tomorrows opponents the Vale manager said: “Their results have been a little up and down over the last month so you just never know with Crewe. On their day they are very good. Hopefully they’re not so good tomorrow.

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