Neil Aspin pleased with second-half performance at Carlisle

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Port Vale manager Neil Aspin says he was encouraged by the team’s second-half display against Carlisle United.

The Valiants lost 2-1 but carried more threat in the second period following the introduction of Cristian Montano.

Although we didn’t get any points, I feel better in some ways than I did on Saturday…

Aspin told the media: “Although we didn’t get any points, I feel better in some ways than I did on Saturday. Not the result but I thought we did very well in the second half. We looked a good team then and pushed them back and I was delighted with the way the players went about their task in the second half.

“I think in the first-half we didn’t play particularly well in terms of an attacking threat, but did everything you would need to do in an away game where you come under pressure. We headed and blocked balls, we fought and scrapped, but got robbed by a poor decision by the referee. I have looked at it and it wasn’t a penalty in my opinion. It is another decision that has gone against us and is really disappointing because we should have been coming in at half-time at 0-0 which is always a good basis for the second-half.”

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