Port Vale manager hails massive penalty shootout win

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin says that Port Vale’s penalty shootout win over Shrewsbury Town is a “massive” result for the club.

The Vale managed to snatch a draw against the Shrews in their Checkatrade Trophy game thanks to Tom Pope’s 99th career goal for the club but neither side could conjure a winner in normal time.

It was an absolutely massive penalty shoot out…

Vale were grateful to goalkeeper Scott Brown who saved two penalties as the Valiants triumphed 4-3 in the shootout.

Aspin told the media: “I didn’t watch it to be honest, that’s the truth! I realised it was so important. Obviously you want to progress, but just for the morale of the players as well.

“I think it was a big difference between if you win the penalty shoot out and if you lose, because it just keeps everybody’s dreams alive in the competition.

“We got a bit of luck today which we probably haven’t had a lot of in the last few years and, although you could say it is a penalty shoot out, it was an absolutely massive penalty shoot out.

“I have been involved in a couple myself that I haven’t won so I didn’t really want to watch it, but the reaction told me if we were scoring or not.

“I am really pleased because the players deserve a little bit of luck and they kept going.”

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