PREVIEW – Vale v Grimsby Town

Vale go in search of a win against the Mariners

The news about Neil Aspin and John Rudge has given everybody associated with the club a massive lift and has given the supporters the belief that their club can gets itself out of the mess it is in – just don’t expect instant success.

We would love nothing better than to see the side get three points this weekend – their first since the opening day of the season – but there are no guarantees.

Fingers crossed we are all celebrating a Vale win against Grimsby Town, but the reality is, we must be prepared to be patient and allow the new set-up some time to get settled in to the job and find their feet.

Don’t underestimate the size of the task in front of them as Neil Aspin tried to instil some belief into a squad that must be low on confidence, given the run of results in the league.

Tuesday’s win over Newcastle United youngsters may go some way to help restore that confidence and with the Vale now top of their group in the Checkatrade Trophy, they look well capable of remaining top and progressing in the competition.

Of course, all thoughts of that must be put to one side as the team do all they can to lift themselves out of the bottom three and hopefully they will begin to climb the table.

Neil Aspin has fourteen years of managerial experience in non-league football and despite this being his first job in the Football League, he will bring with him his man management skills and tactical knowledge.

And with John Rudge there to call upon when he feels he need to, it is difficult to think of anybody better to ask for advice, should he need it.

Grimsby Town will be coming to Vale Park with every intention of spoiling the party, make no bones about that, and Vale must make sure they begin Aspin’s reign with a disciplined team performance.

The manager will probably be drumming the importance of a ‘team performance’ into his players, and that means putting all thoughts of their individual game to one side and working together as a unit.

The general feeling around Burslem has been that there are players at the club who are capable of much more than they have produced so far, but they must now show that as a group.

Even a Vale win won’t see an improvement regarding their league position, but it will certainly give the whole of Burslem a lift and some renewed belief.

Dave J