The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Luke Baker

GOAL­KEEPER Jak Al­nwick be­lieves Port Vale need to pull off a Christ­mas cracker at home to stay in with a real shout of pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

The Valiants have slipped down the league af­ter pick­ing up one point out of a pos­si­ble nine.

Now, they have the chance to rec­tify that, with three out of their four league games this month at Vale Park.

“De­cem­ber and Jan­uary de­fine the league. I al­ways say that ev­ery year, no mat­ter what league you’re in. It nor­mally de­fines your sea­son,” said Al­nwick, 23, pic­tured.

“It’s mas­sive be­cause, if you win two or three games, it puts you right in there.

“We’ve been in the top six more times than we were last year and we know we can get in there. We know we can com­pete with the big boys. We’re up there and all we have to do is string those per­for­mances to­gether.

“We’ve been a bit hit and miss this sea­son, so it’s about get­ting the con­sis­tency of win­ning a few games in a row.”

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