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Town boss Russell Slade believes that Port Vale's appointment of a new manager could make the task a little bit more difficult on Saturday.
Speaking at the pre match press conference, he said: “He’s an old favourite there (Neil Aspin), he played there for 10 years, Rudgey (John Rudge) as well. He’s a bit of a Port Vale legend. It kind of makes it a little bit more difficult, a more positive crowd, maybe more numbers.
"Port Vale has always been a difficult place to go. They got off to a difficult start this season. I’m sure that between them they can turn it round. Let’s hope it is after Saturday.”
On the injury front, Slade said: "Luke Summerfield (groin) and Nathan Clarke (thigh) are the doubts - they’ve not trained this week.
“They would be high risk if they were to play this weekend. We’ve got Osbourne (Karleigh), he got some more minutes under his belt on Tuesday. “
Asked about Akwasi Asante who kicked his first ball in anger since March in Yesterday’s reserves game, he said: “He did fine. I went to watch the game, we had a lot of young players as well, but he was clearly professional in the way that he went about it. He clearly needed the game and he will need many more games to get him where he needs to be. It’s good that he got that under his belt, he’s come through that okay.”
Has the game changed since his first days in charge of the Mariners?
Slade said: “You have to adapt. Any managers that have been in the game any length of time, have evolved and adapted over time. The game changes, it has changed - on and off the field. To large extents in some areas, like sports science, performance analysis, and all sorts of shapes and systems that people will try. It has changed, it has evolved and I think it is important that when it does you embrace those ideas.”
Neil Aspin is making the step up from non-league, does he think that there is much of a step up to managing in the league?
“It will be different for every individual I suspect. Some take to it very quickly and very easily, some it will take a bit more time. I think that whatever, he should be given time.”
Are you expecting a physical challenge from Vale?
“Yes. Absolutely,” he said. “When you look at what they’ve got on paper, they are quite threatening.
“My personal opinion is that they are in a false position and I think at some stage they will get out.”