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Micky can't fault the effort

3 November 2013

Micky says he has an honest group of players

Vale boss Micky Adams was obviously disappointed following the defeat to Swindon Town on Saturday but says despite their faults at the County Ground, they gave him plenty of effort.

He said: “The inconsistency of us has reared its ugly head again. From looking a decent side last week, our frailties were exposed.

“We have to be on our game at all times, defend properly at all times and do the right things at all times, and if we don’t, then we get punished because we are not good enough.

“We picked a side that we thought would do well at Swindon but you have got to defend properly, and when I talk about defending properly you have got to have the heart and desire and do it like you mean it not to concede goals.

“I think the first goal was a prime example of that, it was too easy . The ball comes into the box and nobody attacks it other than their lad.

“Even when we get back to three-two, we back off and back off and back off and don’t confront the lad who scores the fourth goal and then again with the fifth.

“We have no shown any real desire to defend properly and at this level if you don’t do that you get punished, so it’s back to the drawing board I’m afraid.

“The effort was there and I am not decrying that one little bit because I have got and honest bunch of players, but the desire to keep a clean sheet wasn’t there.

“We had our moments though – even at one-nil I think we had a couple of decent chances to get back on level terms before half time and then the goal just after half time kills you.

it’s really game over - having said that we kept going. “Whilst you are thinking about making changes at one-nil, then a wick goal for two-nil and then three-nil,

“We are not the type of group that gives up so we kept going and got our two goals back and look as if we can get something out of the game and then we back off and back off and back off again and go deeper and deeper and the fellow curls one into the top corner.

“I am looking for defenders to get on the front foot and go and confront the man who has come in at pace with the ball and deal with him and we didn’t do that.”

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