John Askey on four Port Vale trialists and a pleasing first friendly



Port Vale manager John Askey was pleased with what he saw from his players after they opened their pre-season campaign on Saturday.

The Valiants lost 2-1 at home to League One side Blackpool, but the match enabled Askey to give his squad their first taste of action since reporting back.

Tom Pope missed an early penalty for Vale, and although Scott Burgess levelled in the second period, the Tangerines won it.

“It was the first game, so all we were trying to do was to get the players to get 45 minutes under their belts,” said Askey.

“The results at this stage aren’t important or the way the games go, it’s about getting match fit.

“We had chances and missed a penalty as well as two or three sitters against a decent Blackpool team, who are in a higher league.

“Our pre-season will be different than normal this year in that we are only playing teams in higher leagues so we will be getting less of the ball, whereas in previous years we played non-league teams and had the majority of the ball.”

Midfielder Manny Oyeleke (calf) and striker Mark Cullen (ankle) sat out the fixture, but should be back in training today.

Askey took the chance to look at trialist keeper Dino Visser, while former Macclesfield defender David Fitzpatrick was given a run-out.

Ethan Beckford, who plays in midfield, and striker Keiran Hayes were also among the players on duty for Vale on the day.

“Visser did well. He was unlucky with the first goal after blocking the first shot which was offside,” added Askey.

“David Fitzpatrick has come in just to get fit really in a bid to earn a contract somewhere. We will continue to look at Ethan Beckford and Keiran Hayes and see how it goes.”

Former Millwall striker Harvey Bradbury, who had been training with the club, has now left.

Vale are in action tomorrow at Fleetwood at their Poolfoot Farm training ground (noon).





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