Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Martin was delighted with Port Vale’s 2-0 win over Hereford United on Saturday, a match in which the Valiants kept their third consecutive clean sheet in the league for the first time since 2006.
The young keeper, a graduate of the Club’s Apprenticeship programme, has been ever present for Vale this term after stepping in following an injury to fellow youth product Joe Anyon.
Speaking to the Club’s official website, Martin said:
“The fact that we have kept another clean sheet makes me happy, especially as I am a keeper because that’s what we look for.”
“We have been so solid this season, a lot better than before, and you have got to be happy with that.”
“We have worked hard at our fitness and nobody can knock us for that. Since Micky has come in, he has worked us hard, sometimes he has split up the squad to do specialist work and I think that in our recent form, that has shown. We have to keep it up now.”
“We have had a lot of frustrating draws. Our goal difference isn’t bad and our defensive record is second to none and now, towards the end of the season, we can start turning those frustrating draws into wins. Hopefully, we can push on.”
“I am loving it here. I have said before that I am going to keep giving 100% per game and I am loving it being in there at the moment. Hopefully I can continue for the rest of the season.”
“It’s healthy competition and I was doing the same with Joe last season, in terms of pushing him for the position. The whole squad has it and the subs and reserves are knocking on all of the players doors and keeping them on their toes. It’s a winning formula – if you have players snapping at your heels, it makes you play better.”