Boss disappointed in his team's display at Gillingham
Micky Adams was understandably disappointed following Vale’s 3-2 defeat against Gillingham on Saturday and was not too pleased with the way his side couldn’t contain burly striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.
up to the final fifteen minutes. Despite Vale getting themselves back into the game late on and looking like they could have snatched a point had the game gone on for a few more minutes, the boss was critical of the way the team had played
He said: “I don’t think we should be fooled by a comeback when we were second best for 75 minutes in all areas and all of a sudden we start playing again.
“We start to playing with a little it of tempo and doing all the right things, forcing them backwards and we get a couple of goals, so I am really disappointed with what I have seen.
“Once again, big Akinfenwa, I know he’s a handful but you have got to deal with brute force. We assigned Tom Pope to mark him because he's a big strong boy, but Akinfenwa fended him off like he wasn't there and scored his goal.
“The second goal has come from a corner, was from the second phase with the ball coming into the box and we have not dealt with him again.
“I think that we need to get back to basics in terms of pieces because we're conceding far too many, and we shouldn’t, because we have got enough bodies that can deal with that sort of pressure and that sort of threat, but we haven’t dealt with it.
“Since I have been at this football club and every time we have played against him I've not had a centre half who could deal with him.
“Straight away they worry about him because of his physical presence and the power that he has got, but if you get into a wrestling match with him at any stage during a game there's only going to be one winner. “