Aspin on Montano: if I am told he is fit and he says he is fit then he is fit

Manager Neil Aspin took strong exception to questions from the media following Port Vale’s shock 2-0 home defeat to Milton Keynes.

One of the talking points concerned winger Cristian Montano. Montano had recovered from injury to make the Vale bench and was a half-time sub. However, the winger only lasted fifteen minutes before limping off forcing Vale to play for half-an-hour with ten men.

If he wasn’t 100 per cent fit, he wouldn’t have been on the bench. That’s ridiculous. If I am told he is fit and I ask the player and he says he is fit, then he is fit…

Asked if he had been sure Montano was fit Aspin replied: “If he wasn’t 100 per cent fit, he wouldn’t have been on the bench. That’s ridiculous. If I am told he is fit and I ask the player and he says he is fit, then he is fit. Do you think I am going to bring somebody on who is not fit? How stupid do you think I am?

“Why would you bring somebody on who is not fit? If I am told he is fit and you ask the player, and he is fit. He wanted to start, he could have started tonight. He was fit, he trained. I can’t legislate for him going off injured after 15 minutes.”

“I spoke to him on Saturday because he was in my thought process for tonight. He said he was fit and he trained on Monday, there was no reaction and wanted to start. But he was on the bench. Their wing back was causing some problems down the right, Monty is left sided and he is quick. That was my thought process and we needed to try to get back into the game.

“I am not stupid. I can see how the game is developing, If he wasn’t fit he wouldn’t have been on the bench.”