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The Gaffer Reflects on Coventry

11 September 2017

Michael Brown has said he is "very disappointed" following the 1-0 defeat to Coventry City on Saturday but hopes to put things right on Tuesday.

Port Vale lost the encounter at the Ricoh Arena at the weekend in an important game for the Valiants. Despite a close game, a first-half strike from Jodi Jones was enough to see the Sky Blues come away with three points. 

Speaking to the media after the game, Brown says he wanted a result from the weekend regardless of whether his side played well or not. 

"We wanted a result at Coventry", said the gaffer.

"It wasn’t about performance – we wanted to come away with a result but we haven't so I'm very disappointed. We should have got something from the game, but it's the same old story. 

"On Tuesday we will look at things and try and find the formula to beat Luton."

In a frustrating matchup where Vale had several opportunities to score, the gaffer believes that his players need to relax in front of goal.

He said: "We didn’t do enough in the first half for all to see.

"But, in the second-half we certainly pushed them all the way until the end. The players are fighting and want to do well but they need that extra bit of composure, they have to try and relax and play through it. 

"They have to get that better touch, better pass and a better run to try and create something with composure in front of goal certainly needed."

The manager says that a result is needed for Port Vale as they look to take something away from LutonTown on Tuesday night.

"A result is needed", said Brown.

"If you don’t score, you come away with a nil-nil which is better than what we were against Coventry. We need to improve, but this Coventry team certainly didn’t blow us away but we lost the points and we have to change it."


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