‘Still confident’ – John Askey’s reaction as Port Vale lose 2-1 at Fleetwood in the Carabao Cup



John Askey was encouraged by his squad’s strength in depth even though Port Vale were edged out 2-1 at Fleetwood in the Carabao Cup second round.

Askey made ten changes from Saturday’s league win at home to Crawley but his team still went close against opponents with the same starting eleven as their League One win over Burton.

Winger Harry McKirdy made his Vale debut while Cristian Montano and Manny Oyeleke continued their comeback from hip and calf injuries respectively.

Vale fell behind on 14 minutes when Paddy Madden’s shot was deflected by Zak Mills, levelled through Danny Whitehead four minutes into the second half, but were sunk by Josh Morris 75th-minute volley.

Askey said: “We are disappointed we haven’t got a result but it showed we have come quite a way – to make ten changes and still compete against Fleetwood’s first team.

“It was important we got minutes into players. We have Monty and Manny coming back and then there are other players that needed to play, such as Harry McKirdy.

“So we come out of it still confident. We wanted to try to keep the run going and it looked as though we would in the second half.

“We upped it in the second half and the lads got used to playing against a League One side, and created one or two chances. That was the pleasing thing, that we still created chances.”

Vale went into the game on an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions, stretching back to January. But they remain nine games unbeaten in League Two ahead of Saturday’s trip to an Exeter side who, like Vale, are among the favourites to finish in the top seven.

Talking about his team changes, Askey added: “I just think we have lads who are more than capable of playing. We have a tough trip down to Exeter. There are loads of games coming up so we need to protect players and also we need to make sure players don’t fall too far behind in their fitness. So, if we can get game time in them then it is important.

“We all want to win and do well in the cups but we have just got to be sensible because, at the end of the day, we are going to be judged on our league form. Hopefully we can keep that going.” 





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