Port Vale manager: it was the worst conditions you can play in

Port Vale manager John Askey said he was grateful for a point after their League Two game with Swindon Town was affected by poor weather conditions.

The Valiants couldn’t match the football they had played in recent back to back home wins over Mansfield and Yeovil.

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Fifty years ago yesterday, Swindon stunned top-flight side Arsenal to claim an unforgettable victory in the League Cup final at Wembley but the 50th anniversary of that day turned into a damp squib as both sides played out an uninspiring goalless draw.

Swindon manager Richie Wellens was critical of the Valiants after the game commenting that: “”I saw a team that was trying to play, trying to pass the ball and trying to be positive in very difficult conditions. I saw another team that, after 30 seconds, was time-wasting on goal-kicks, tried to break up the game at every opportunity. Even first half, I thought we moved the ball really well up until the final third where our forward players let us down.

“They’re set up in their banks again to defend against us. We have to pass it again to create chances to play through them.”

However Valiants boss Askey told the media that the bad weather was a key factor in the team’s performance as he told the media: “It was the worst conditions you can play in as a footballer. I am happy with the point and it keeps everyone going, that’s four games now so we have to be happy.

I am happy with the point and it keeps everyone going…

“I thought in the first-half we defended really well. In the second-half we were hoping we would be able to open them up but I think one or two hit a brick wall a little bit and, where we have been able to get about teams, we didn’t do that in the second half.

“It just caught up with one or two but we have a week’s rest now.”

“It is always difficult coming here. They are a decent side so we have to be happy with that.

“With what the players have been doing in training as well, they have been working hard.

“We struggled to get near them at times. I don’t think they overran us that much, but you could see one or two were that yard slower than they have been.”

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