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Boss not a happy man

6 January 2014

Micky says the defending for both goals was shocking

Micky Adams was not a happy man following the 2-2 draw against Plymouth Argyle on Sunday afternoon and feels Vale are lucky to be still in the competition.

January and the Vale will feel his side need to improve on their second half performance in the first game.thThe Valiants now face a replay down at Home Park on Tuesday 14

The Vale boss said: “I don’t want to sugar-coat anything, that was poor. We are lucky, lucky people to be still in the equation.

“I think there are obviously key moments in games. I think Jennsion Myrie-Williams going through with the last kick of the first half, if he makes it three-nil it’s game over.

“And then we come out for the second half and we start poorly, everything that we talked about in the dressing room didn’t happen and it started in the first minute (of the second half).

“Reid pulls on to Yates and Robertson and tries to get in between them and they allow it to happen and that is a problem and we are really disappointed.

“The defending was awful, in the second half especially. We went deeper and deeper – it was a strong wind and you have got to squeeze up the pitch as far as you can.

“We just went deeper and deeper, allowed the space in front of us, it got bigger, it got wider for the midfield players to get closer to their back four.

“We didn’t get hold of it up front, the midfield lads didn’t get hold of the ball , didn’t pass it well enough, but I think the main thing from their point of view was they had got nothing to lose, obviously.

“They came out for the second half and they had got to have a go, but the defending for both goals was shocking.

“Chris Neal made saves that I would expect him to make, at a decent height for him. I don’t think you can blame him for both goals, I look at other people before I look at my goalkeeper.

“The pressure I suppose I may ways is on Plymouth. They had nothing to lose in the second half and it showed – whether they will be like that in front of their own supporters remains to be seen.

“But we have got to be better, that’s for sure, and I think that we were pretty poor and lucky to be in the hat still.”

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