Match Preview: Accrington Stanley v Port Vale
Vale make the trip to Lancashire this weekend where they take on high-flying Accrington Stanley, looking for their first win since their 4-0 drubbing on leaders Luton Town at the end of December.
Vale have picked up just one point from three game since, but as they showed against the Hatters and also against Coventry City on Boxing Day, they are capable of beating anybody on t heir day.
Stanley currently sit third in the table, so it is another big game for the Valiants, and on a notoriously poor pitch which could well give the home side a slight advantage.
Not that Aspin was having any of that. The Vale boss joked with listening reporters at Vale Park on Thursday afternoon, saying: “It won’t be as bad as the one we trained on this morning.”
On a more serious note, he added: “For me it’s only an excuse, you’ve just to get on with it. It is what it is and it’s certainly not as bad as pitches were years ago, so I won’t say after the game that the pitch was bad, regardless of the result – we’ve just got to get on with it.”
The Vale boss has been very honest when he has faced the press since he was appointed in charge of team affairs at Vale Park and all he asks from his players is the same approach.
He will expect them to go out onto the pitch at the Crown Ground and give their all, and he firmly believes if they do that they stand as good a chance as any of coming away with the desired result.
The manager this week added 24-year-old midfielder Luke Hannant to his squad, a player well known to him, having signed him when he was in charge at Gateshead.
Hannant, who can play in the centre of midfield or on the flank and is comfortable using either foot, is not expected to start the game, but should be included in the match day squad as a substitute.
Aspin is still on the hunt for a defender as is hopeful of signing one before Saturday’s game against Accrington, but he says if it doesn’t happen, it should be completed before next weekend’s home game against Colchester United.
Dave Johnson – 6TR
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