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Foley Reacts To Latics Draw

2 March 2016

Midfielder Sam Foley felt a draw was probably a fair result as Port Vale shared the points with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

The 29-year-old had put the Valiants ahead in the second half but Liam Kelly scored the rebound from a penalty to equalise for John Sheridan’s side.

Speaking to the press following the match, Foley said both teams should take credit for their performances in difficult conditions.

“I think we played the majority of the football but on a pitch like this it wasn’t really a day for that,” he commented.

“It was a day for rolling your sleeves up so we’ve got to give ourselves credit, we’ve got to give them credit.

“They mixed it up a bit and made it very difficult for us and a point is probably a fair result for both sides.”

Foley’s goal was his first since November and he admitted it was a great feeling to help the team to a result.

“It’s nice to get on the score sheet again,” he said. “For me personally it’s been a while but it’s nice to contribute to the team.”

Later in the second half the midfielder had a chance to make it two when he was put through with just Joel Coleman to beat.

But the Latics goalkeeper stopped Foley’s effort and Ajay Leitch-Smith hit the rebound over the crossbar.

“I had a good opportunity and then it fell to Ajay and I think me and half the team are thinking ‘he’s not going to miss this’ but he did,” he added.

“He tried to put a bit too much behind it perhaps but it immediately cost us because they went down the other end and scored a penalty.”

Vale face Colchester United on Saturday next and Foley says that a win in that match would make sure the Oldham draw would be looked back on as a decent result.

“I think any points away from home, especially given our form away from home this season, if we can pick up three points at home on Saturday then it’s been a good return over the eight days,” he said.

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