Port Vale travelled to Rochdale last night in high spirits as they looked to make ground on the table above, in one of their games in hand.
Vale were victors last time out with a 2-0 win over Wimbledon, which saw them leap out of the relegation zone. Vale travelled to Spotland looking to put more space in-between themselves and the drop zone.
However, a first half onslaught soon took the wind out of Vale’s sails as they fell to a 3-0 defeat.
Manager Michael Brown spoke exclusively to Valiant PlayerHD after the game, about the result: “There was nothing in the game, it was just one long kick up the pitch and obviously we got caught. I thought initially it was offside, and Danny obviously thought that he could of got the ball but he caught him and then we are down to 10 men so early.”
He added: “There was nothing in the game, which is what we were aiming for, to keep it nice and tight. We took our time to settle, then when the ball goes into the box, Kjell goes to clear and gets injured, and the striker shoots and scores.
“It took the wind out of our sails, even more so with going down to 10 men as well. It was difficult to take.”
Despite the defeat, Brown was only focusing on the positives in order to pick his players up for a crucial clash against Chesterfield on Saturday: “We went in and said well done for that second half, under those circumstances. They had a go, they were hard to beat and they tried to get forward when they could. So after a difficult first 45 minutes, they had a go and we gave them the positives from this.
“We explained that we have got a good chance at Chesterfield at the weekend, and other games coming up too. But it is not going to be easy and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
in the table and are still only two points from danger. The 40-year old knows just how big their remaining fixtures are: “They are all big, every game. This is no different on Saturday.thVale go into the game with Chesterfield having dropped to 20
“Teams that are down at the bottom are finding it hard to win, so on we go again with another big game, and we will try and get the three points.”