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Rob Page: ‘Credit Where It’s Due’

16 September 2015

Port Vale manager Rob Page says credit must be given to Millwall for their performance on Tuesday night.

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Speaking to the press after the game, Page admitted Vale lost to the better side on the night.

“I thought we came up against a very good team tonight,” he told the press. “In my opinion I think they’re the best team we’ve come up against so far.

“They do both sides of the game really well, fair play to the manager. He’s got them going back to years of old where they do both sides of it really well.

“They’re up for the battle first and then they’ve got players in their team that can hurt you.

“From our point of view, I’ll never fault the effort of the lads. There are things we can work on, there will always be things we can work on.

“I thought there were a couple of players that underperformed to the level that they have done so far this season.”

Jak Alnwick made a number of spectacular saves during the match, while Ben Purkiss and Richard Duffy both made goal line clearances and Page was pleased with the battling spirit shown by his players.

He added: “They will always show that. That’s one thing you can guarantee from the boys, they’ll fight for the cause.

“They showed that first half as much as the possession Millwall had and we threw our bodies on the line and made some great blocks.”

The manager was also quick to point out that his players could learn a lot from the loss to the Lions and take those lessons into Saturday’s clash at Bury.

“We can’t afford not to be at the races and I thought Millwall were excellent from the first minute to the 95th,” he continued.

“When you’re giving a team a bit of a helping hand like that as well there’s always only one outcome.

“But as long as we learn from the lessons tonight and thankfully there’s another game Saturday when we can put it right.”

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