Port Vale: Ashley Vincent hopes to ease expectations on Tom Pope
ASHLEY Vincent hopes his reappearance on the Port Vale scoresheet will help ease the expectations on leading marksman Tom Pope.
Vincent had chalked up his best haul for a season by early November – but then had to wait until Tuesday's 3-0 demolition of AFC Wimbledon to find the net again.
His double helped Vale take their tally after 30 games to 64 goals – 16 more than title rivals Gillingham have managed.
In fact, no team has scored more goals in the top four divisions, while no player has bagged more that Pope's haul of 27.
But Vincent is just happy to be sharing the goals burden again as Vale close in on promotion to League One.
"Tom isn't happy that Vale have scored six in the last two games and he hasn't got any of them," said the 27-year-old winger, who now has eight to his name this term.
"He's even been trying to take 25-yard free-kicks. He's always going to score goals though, and we have just taken a bit of pressure off him.
"If his goals dried up and no-one else was stepping up it would be trouble, but this team has goals running right the way through it."
Vincent admits it took a welcome piece of luck to help him end his own three-month drought in front of goal and he is now relishing the chance to pull on his shooting boots against Barnet on Saturday.
"I was counting something like 12 weeks since my last goal (at Forest Green in the FA Cup), and it was becoming a bug bear," said the winger.
"I needed something like a deflection to break the duck and that's just what happened against Wimbledon.
"The second was from a great ball from Jennison Myrie-Williams.
"It's always been the same throughout my career. I might go a while without scoring then I will net in two or three games in a row."