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Andy Smith Reflects On Doncaster

9 November 2016

Port Vale were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy last night, at the hands of Doncaster Rovers, despite beating them in a penalty shootout.

There were a number of permutations that could see Vale proceed or knocked out of the trophy, and a late Mansfield goal against Derby County U23’s secured the latter.
 
Vale and Doncaster Rovers played out a 0-0 draw in the regular 90 minutes, and for a brief period of just three minutes, everything was going Vale’s way.
 
The Valiant’s went on to win the penalty shootout 3-4 which took place in front of the 92 travelling Vale supporters, giving them a little something to cheer about.
 
However, due to the result in the other game in the group and despite taking two points from last night’s tie, those two points were not enough.
 
First team coach Andy Smith spoke to Valiant PlayerHD after the game about the teams performance: 

“I am pleased with the performance of the lads tonight, they showed good attitude and we played some good stuff, especially the boys coming in who haven’t had many minutes.
 
“It was a good, positive performance but unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be,” he added.
 
This defeat comes after proceeding into the second round of the FA Cup on Saturday, and Vale will be looking to get back to winning ways this coming Saturday as they host the visiting Fleetwood Town.
 

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