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Work in progress

1 October 2014

Rob Page identifies areas he feels need fine tuning

Despite the good start in his first two games in charge, Rob Page knows there are still things that need working on if Vale are to climb the table.

Talking to the local press earlier this week, he said: “With what we showed on Saturday away from home, there are aspects of the game that I think we can improve on, but picking up points away from home and winning your home games, I’ll take that.”

Vale travel to Fleetwood this weekend hoping to extend their unbeaten run, but Page recognized that it is likely to be a tough fixture.

“I watched them against Barnsley a while back and I thought they were an excellent outfit. We know we’re going to be up against a tough, wellorganisedand hardworking team.

“Like I’ve said during the two games I’ve been in charge, that comes as standard. Any fan wants to see the players work hard and that’s your foundations.

“If we do that and match them on Saturday, especially with players like Mark Marshall, Chris Lines, Michael O’Connor, and Jordan Slew in our team, we have enough quality to win us games of football.”

Looking back to last weekend’s clash against Bradford City, the Vale interim boss says he will take aspects from that game and work on them on the training ground.

He said: “Our work rate, endeavor and our organisation was spot on, but when you give the ball back to the opposition you have to do it all again, and that’s one hell of a shift you have to put in for 90minutes.

“I thought at times the way Bradford played we could have used that a bit more to our advantage, but that’s a fault we’re going to address this week and hopefully put it right going into Saturdays game.

“But it’s work in progress; I’ve given the players loads of information this past week. You could see aspects of it going into the Bradford match, but it’s still ongoing.

“I had a great reaction from the lads against Barnsley and they took that into Saturday against Bradford, especially with the discipline and way we defended.

“We then we countered and created a few chances, so there’s a lot of positives from the group of lads we have in the squad.”

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