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Gaffer Ready For Vale Clash

Dave Flitcroft Looks Ahead To Saturday

27 October 2017

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Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft has heaped praise on opposite number Neil Aspin ahead of tomorrow's clash against Port Vale.

The former defender, who had a stint at Vale Park as a player, has guided his new club to a three-game winning streak, which has included a win against promotion hopefuls Exeter City. 

And Flitcroft had plenty of kind words for Aspin in his pre-match press conference, while declaring that his side are ready for the task at hand on Saturday. 

"Neil (Aspin) has come in, he's been a manager for a lot of games and he did a fantastic job with Halifax," he said.

"I was close to that being in the North and I saw what he did there, so he's used to success and it is great to see lads who have played in Non-League being given the opportunity in the EFL.

"Port Vale have been down the foreign route and it hasn't worked so it is great to see them looking for a young English manager who has done well in Non-League and deserves his chance.

"He is utilising Tom Pope who has got fantastic attributes and he's a brilliant character. He trains every day, he works hard every single day and he's a mans' man. 

"I loved managing him and he is a fantastic player. 

"I had Antony Kay as well and he's another fantastic player and top character.

"Neal has taken over a lot of good League One players, David Worrall was a fantastic addition, and they were probably in a false position when Neal took over. 

"Neal is playing to their strengths and they've had a really good couple of weeks.

"The lads have worked really hard this week, our data has been good and we're ready for the game on Saturday."

Dave Flitcroft

"To turn a losing environment into a winning one takes some time but this is now our next step to what we are doing.

"We've been very consistent away from home, we've been inconsistent at home but it is getting better and we know we will turn our home form around.

"The lads are feeling more positive about playing at home and there is less negativity surrounding the football club. 

"The lads have worked really hard this week, our data has been good and we're ready for the game on Saturday."

And Flitcroft has confirmed that Reice Charles-Cook will keep his place in goal tomorrow despite Lawrence Vigouroux's return from suspension following a superb four games.

"It is no secret that if you are doing well in training and if you are doing well in games then you will start," he added.

"Reice Charles-Cook has been fantastic for what he's had to do and I expect anyone, whether they are playing or not playing, to respond in the most professional and respectful manner.

"We are in it together and there is no such thing as a number two - we are all in it together and the players know that.

"I've been delighted with Reice.

"The goal against Mansfield was a lack of focus from Reice but he hasn't got the three clean sheets that he probably deserves.

"His all-round game has been fantastic and he fully deserves to keep his position."

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