Port Vale manager admits luck was on his team’s side after win at Oldham

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin said that his side “got the luck” as they battled to a 1-0 away win over Oldham Athletic.

The Valiants won 1-0 through a Tom Pope penalty but the home side had a penalty claim turned down and also hit the woodwork as Vale rode their luck at times.

I thought we got some great blocks defensively. So, we weren’t giving them clear opportunities at goal, but on a couple of occasions the bounce of the ball favoured us…

Aspin told the media: “I always try to be honest after every game. I don’t think we have had any luck this season, I don’t think we have had the run of the green on many occasions.

“But today I felt that we got the luck when we came under pressure in the second-half that you need if you are going to pick up points.

“I thought we got some great blocks defensively. So, we weren’t giving them clear opportunities at goal, but on a couple of occasions the bounce of the ball favoured us.”

The Vale manager also praised his team’s spirit adding: “I would always say, at any club I have been at, I have never lost the dressing room because I am always fair with the players and I treat them with respect, so that is never the issue.

“There might be poor performances, or whatever, that I am responsible for. But it is never anything to do with the spirit in the dressing room because that has always been good and I think we have shown that today.”