But Rob Page says there is still a lot of work to be done
Vale coach Rob Page is the fastest to praise the new defensive partnership of Jack Grimmer and Joe Davis, a pairing that has helped Vale keep two clean sheets in a row after the defence had been shipping goals previously.
Having played in the last two games as a central defensive pairing they have certainly caught the eye, though it has to be said they are not solely responsible for the two clean sheets.
Page said: “We saw signs at Brentford which was the first time they had played at centre half together.
“The goal we conceded went through the middle of Chris Neal, which was unusual, but the sun played a part in that.
“Take that away from it and I thought they held their own against a team that’s doing quite well in the division.
“Jack then played at right back for a few games and now we have put them back together again. They are both young, they are both enthusiastic, they both love defending, they are both aggressive and are both intelligent.
“Joe is getting a lot better at judging when he can go and win his headers and when it is not the time to win his headers, I think he has improved massively on that and going to Luton certainly helped him with that.
“He has come back from there and we have put him in the side and up to now the two of them have been okay.
“There are still things to work on, they are not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination, but it is encouraging we have put them in and they have got two clean sheets and we hope to build on that now.”