Port Vale manager says the better team won on Tuesday night

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin gave an honest reaction to Port Vale’s quarter-final Checkatrade exit.

The Valiants were soundly beaten 3-0 on the night and Aspin told the media: “I must say the better team won, there is no question about that.

I have to say when you are 3-0 down with 30 minutes to go, the game is over and you are just then trying to rest players if you can for Saturday…

“I thought we started the second-half better and I thought we were on the front foot. I did feel at that time that we had a chance of getting back into the game, but the sending off killed us really and then with the penalty straight after that it was game over.

“I have to say when you are 3-0 down with 30 minutes to go, the game is over and you are just then trying to rest players if you can for Saturday, you are thinking ahead to Saturday.”

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