‘It would put us in a fantastic position’ – Port Vale braced for key games


John Askey is emphasising the importance of back-to-back home games as his in-form Port Vale side try to get back into the play-off places.

Eighth-placed Vale take on 12th-placed Crawley on Saturday before entertaining ninth-placed placed Bradford on Tuesday, two games that could go a long way to deciding whether the Vale reach the play-offs for the first time since 1993.

Askey’s side are eight games unbeaten but dropped a place to eighth with Saturday’s goalless draw at promotion rivals Cheltenham.

However, they are only a point behind the play-off spots with just nine games remaining.

The manager said: “It is vital now that we win our home games. If we do then it will put us in a fantastic position. I am sure we’ll have a good crowd for our next game, spurring us on. We just want to be in the right place come the end of the season.

“We have to start winning at home and that will put us in a great position. But we are all looking forward to the games coming up.  It’s great to be in this position.”

Port Vale manager John Askey watches the 0-0 draw at Cheltenham

Vale are allowing fans who buy a ticket for the Crawley game to get a Bradford ticket for half price if they buy both at the same time.

The Vale have drawn their last three games but had the better of the game against fifth-placed Cheltenham at Whaddon Road.

Askey added: “I am pleased we defended well when we needed to, although we didn’t have to for long periods. I don’t think Scott Brown had to make a save all game. But that comes from the work rate starting at the top, through to Browny.

“But it was a really good performance. Our best performance without winning a game.”

Vale’s remaining games are: Crawley (h), Bradford (h), Oldham (a), Crewe (h), Carlisle (a), Grimsby (h), Cambridge (a), Newport (h), Plymouth (a).

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