He’s playing well – Port Vale manager on key midfielder

Port Vale manager John Askey has praised veteran midfielder Luke Joyce for his consistent performances this season.

Joyce has been one of the first names on the team sheet and his experience has proved vital in the midfield engineroom.

The main thing is that he’s playing well and that’s what you want from all of you players, but there is a lot of competition in midfield and he knows that, but he’s responded well to that…

Askey told the official Port Vale website:  “I think he , has played every game so he knows pretty much certain that he’s going to play so it gives him confidence, if he keeps doing what he’s doing he has every right to play as well.

“The main thing is that he’s playing well and that’s what you want from all of you players, but there is a lot of competition in midfield and he knows that, but he’s responded well to that.

“I think they’re learning from playing, and having Joycey behind them can obviously help them but I think the main thing for those two is that they’re starting to play regularly.”