Vale Boss Urges Players To Continue Current Form
has called on his side to carry the confidence they have from their recent performances into upcoming back-to-back home games. Rob PagePort Vale manager
, meaning they have picked up 12 points from a possible 15.away triumph at Coventry CityThe Valiants have won four of their last five matches, including Saturday’s excellent
They now face consecutive fixtures at Vale Park, against Swindon Town this weekend followed by Crawley Town next Tuesday evening.
Speaking to the press on Monday afternoon, Page said he wants his players to capitalise on being back on home soil.
He commented: “Now we can take that momentum into two home games so it’s a great opportunity to capitalise on that and get points on the board.”
He later added: “Our away form has been decent and on the back of a disappointing home result, to go there [Coventry] and give the reaction that we did, I was really proud of the boys for that.
“We take that momentum and confidence again now into tow tough games coming up now but we’re at home and we’re going to take the game to them.”
have both commented on Vale’s brilliant team spirit in recent weeks and the manager has echoed his players’ sentiments.Ryan McGivern and Tom Pope
“What we have got in the changing room at the moment is a camaraderie, is a togetherness that a few of the lads have spoken about which is pleasing and it’s important we keep that,” the Vale boss said.
It was revealed on port-vale.co.uk yesterday that defender Ryan Inniss has returned to parent club Crystal Palace after picking up an ankle injury.
Despite being disappointed at losing the 19-year-old, Page believes he has the players in his squad, such as Ryan McGivern, to cope without the Eagles’ youngster.
“Ryan [McGivern] can play centre half, he can play left back. He has got quality on the ball, he’s aggressive so he has got the attributes,” he explained.
“He hasn’t got the physical size of Ryan [Inniss] so we will miss that but what Ryan Inniss didn’t have Ryan McGivern makes up for in other areas.
“We’ll see how it goes, it’s an opportunity now for other players to step up to the plate and grab their chance.”