Port Vale boss praises Nottm Forest loanee Adam Crookes

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin reserved special praise for the debut performance of Adam Crookes after the away win at Crawley.

Vale ended a run of disappointing results with a 1-0 win on Saturday with Crookes making his debut by lining up in a back three.

I can’t think of anyone who’s really played better on their debut, I thought he was excellent…

Aspin told the media: “I can’t think of anyone who’s really played better on their debut, I thought he was excellent. Everything he did was good, he was positive, composed on the ball, he was strong and defended well.

“When you consider he’s had maybe 30 minutes at St George’s Park to prepare in that formation, he just stepped like he’s been playing there all season.

“As a manager you’re bringing players in on loan where some come off and some don’t. If he can keep up that form, he’s going to be a really important player for us.”

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