Michael Brown spoke to Valiant Player HD as he looked back on last weeks defeat to Swindon Town, the season so far and the upcoming fixture against Scunthorpe United.
The assistant manager saw the defeat away to the Robins as a lesson for the growth of the new look Port Vale side.
The 1-0 defeat was Vale’s first loss of the season, but Brown thinks that it was only their finishing that denied them a well-earned draw.
He said: “We had 5/6 chances and didn’t convert any so we easily could’ve scored and drew the game.
“But it wasn’t to be and this is something we need to learn from and be a bit more clinical in front of goal.”
Despite the defeat, Brown looked back on the opening four games of the season and thought that they had built a decent enough platform to kick on from for the rest of the season.
“It’s a solid start, we have a good points tally, but we are still improving.
“We have to do better in certain areas and create more chances than we have done. We are also still looking at different formations and different players to try and help us to do that”, he added.
Vale have had the whole week to prepare for the weekend’s game due to there being no mid-week fixture.
Brown says they have used their time wisely and will continue to do so:
“It was the first game day off this year so a small group of lads were in training. We will keep preparing with the video analysis so that the boys will be ready for the game on Saturday.”
Port Vale welcome the visit of Scunthorpe United on Saturday, who despite losing out in the EFL cup mid-week, are in fine form in the league, with their most recent result being the 5-0 demolition over Gillingham.
The veteran midfielder says the team are ready for the task, whatever Scunthorpe may throw at them: “It’s a different problem each week and we know what to expect.
“They will be very direct and obviously scoring 5 goals against Gillingham, this shows us what type of team they will be. They will play with high intensity, and will be very direct.”
Vale will go into the game hoping to carry on their fine form at home and hoping to re