Vale Boss Gives Verdict On JPT Defeat
Port Vale interim manager Rob Page thinks Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Preston North End was a tough test of character for his players.
Chris Humphrey, Joe Garner and Paul Gallagher each scored to seal the Lilywhites’ passage through to the next round of the competition.
Vale striker Tom Pope netted a brace of second half headers to set up an exciting end to the tie at Deepdale but Simon Grayson’s side held on for the win.
Speaking exclusively to Valiant Player, Page talked about the fighting spirit of his players and gave his verdict on the 3-2 loss.
“I think it was 12 minutes we went behind, so a test of character for the boys straight away and they rallied,” he said.
“There were aspects of the game in the first half that I think we tried to over play in the wrong areas. The quality into Tom [Pope] at times wasn’t good enough and he had a tough battle in the first half.
“We addressed it at half time and I think we came out in the second half, started bright and slowly got into the game.”
Click here to watch the full and exclusive interview with Port Vale interim manager Rob Page on the JPT loss at Preston North End.