Grew happy with the way Vale performed
Everybody associated with the club was bitterly disappointed with the result on Saturday when a late goal from Peterborough’s Tyrone Barnett settled things, but there were plenty of positives to take from the game.
Vale had changed their formation to counter their opponents on the day and but for a lack of concentration four minutes from time, they would have deservedly got something from the game.
Mark Grew said: “The gaffer came in on Thursday and we sat down, had a chat and he put that to us and we worked on it on Thursday and Friday and as everybody who was here saw, we deserved a nil-nil.
“Unfortunately they had that bit of quality - they got that one chance and they stick it in the back of the net, so we were very disappointed.
“If you ask their bench, they would have taken a nil-nil here, especially at half time after we had a few half chances and so did they. I thought we played really well and to come away with nothing was very disappointing.
“I couldn’t see either side scoring and it was perhaps just a lack of concentration and that’s all it takes in this game, a one second lack of concentration, and it has cost us dearly.
“The gaffer said after the game, ‘you can hold your heads up high, you’ve played with your boots on’ and that is all you can ask of them.
“Our crowd gave us a standing ovation at the end so they know what the lads put in on Saturday and it was a good shift – unfortunately we didn’t get the result, but if they keep working as hard as that we won’t lose too many games.”
One player who got a special mention from Vale’s assistant manager was midfielder Chris Lines, who was rightly named as the sponsors’ man of the match.
Grew said: “Chris Lines was outstanding. Since he has been dropped he has come back and gone up another league for me. I don’t think he could do any more than he did on Saturday.
“When they gave him the Man of the Match he got a standing ovation. Out fans are not daft, they know when somebody has played well and to give him a standing ovation just shows how well he played.”