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Andy Smith Reflects on Bristol Rovers

27 September 2016

Last weekend, the Valiants were unlucky to not get something out of the game at Bristol.

Port Vale didn’t manage to capitalise on their dominance shown in the first half at the Memorial Ground, after Bristol Rovers came back from a goal down to snatch all three points.

Vale were in charge heading into the break, before Ellis Harrison got the hosts back on level terms moments before the half-time whistle.

First team coach Andy Smith spoke exclusively to Valiant PlayerHD.

“First half I was very pleased. We controlled the large majority of it, and switched off in the midfield, not being able to stop the cross from which they got their goal. 

“Second half, we didn’t play with the urgency and the tempo that we are used to playing with, and that’s what’s so disappointing. But we’ll dust ourselves down and go again”, he continued.

Despite their third loss on the road this season, Vale still sit sixth in the league table, something that Smith is delighted with.

“That’s fantastic. With the amount of players that came into the club over the summer, and for us to be where we are is fantastic. 

“We are holding our own and believe we can compete with anyone.”

Port Vale will be looking to make amends for their defeat on Saturday come Tuesday when Millwall visit Vale Park, and also this coming Saturday when Coventry City make the trip. 

Smith believes that Vale can get their campaign back on the right with these two fixtures.

“This next game is very important as we are playing well at home and the crowd are behind us. 

“We cannot wait for it to come, because we need to get todays game out of our system because we know we are better than that. 

“We have two massive games coming up, and we are looking forward to them.”

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