Port Vale made it back-to-back wins in League Two when they came from behind to beat Carlisle 2-1 at Vale Park. Ryan Loft had put the visitors in front but second-half goals from David Worall and Mark Cullen turned the game on its head and the Vale moved to 8th in the table.
The Valiants have now won four consecutive matches in all competitions and are making a real push for promotion under the stewardship of John Askey. The manager is enjoying a fine first full season in charge after inheriting a side that was falling short of expectations last season.
The team lies one place outside the play-off positions and are only in 8th because of goal difference. Only Swindon (1st), Bradford (3rd) and Northampton (7th) have picked up more points than Port Vale have in their last five games. The Vale have 11 points from their last five outings with three wins and two draws that have catapulted them up the table.
Promotion is definitely on the cards this season and home form is proving a major influence on credentials. At Vale Park the team are unbeaten with five wins and four draws and no other team in the league can say that they are yet to taste defeat on home soil than Port Vale. In fact, no other side in League Two has picked up more points that The Valiants have when playing at home. Alongside Bradford, Vale have accumulated 19 points in total from home games.
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It is however, the club’s away form that is hindering their progress even further. Vale have just two wins from nine fixtures while on the road in League Two and are conceding too often. 16 of the 23 goals they’ve let in have come while playing away from home.
Fans should be boosted by the fact that the team have won their last two away games and they seem to have put their travelling woes behind them. A tremendous 2-1 win away at Bradford inflicted a first home defeat for the Bantams this season and it was followed up by a 1-0 victory against Crewe. Mr. Askey will be hoping his side can continue their rich vein of form when they travel to Scunthorpe on Saturday. The manager knows he has a side capable of getting back to League One but he also knows picking up points both at home and away is paramount in attaining a play-off place.