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Scott Brown: "We will get better."

16 December 2018

Scott Brown put in a man-of-the-match performance during Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Cheltenham Town, but the goalkeeper admits that he was left feeling mixed emotions following the game.

Having conceded a late Nigel Atangana goal that looked as if it would hand the away side all three points, Vale battled back and Antony Kay's header deep into stoppage time salvaged an equaliser, extending the unbeaten run to four games in all competitions.

Despite the euphoria after that strike, Brown believes that he and his teammates need to find the right balance in order to get results. They have started scoring goals more freely, but the Valiants have now conceded twice in both of their last Sky Bet League Two games.

Brown said: "Cheltenham are a good team and the conditions were difficult. Since their new manager has come in they've played some really good football and they've got some top players, so we knew it was going to be tough.

"We're pleased and disappointed at the same time. We were 1-0 up and we could've gone 2-0 up, but it's a point. We spoke about the conditions at Morecambe last weekend, perhaps playing with the wind to get a lead so we could defend it second half.

"Maybe if we had doubled our lead with Luke Hannant's chance we would've had all three points, but we still shouldn't a poor goal like we did in the second half. It's something to work on and we will keep focusing on it - we will get better.

"You can look at it either way, but when you're 2-1 down in the 90th minute, you've got to be pleased with a point."

Cristian Montano got himself on the scoresheet again drawing the stalemate with the Robins, and the Colombian winger has now scored five goals in his last four games in a Vale shirt, with Brown lauding his impact.

Vale's scoring tally has increased dramatically over the last few weeks and they have now found the net on 11 occasions from their last four games in all competitions. With a trip to Macclesfield Town up next, Brown is keen for that attacking threat to continue.

He said: "Cristian is a fantastic player and he has all of the attributes you want, including a hell of a strike which he could possibly use more. He's a real athlete as well and he gets up and down the pitch, so as long as we keep him fit we know we've got a superb player there.

"The gaffer has spoken about the fact we went through a spell of keeping clean sheets without scoring, but we're now finding more goals and not registering clean sheets. However, it's only two successive league games where we haven't shut the opposition out.

"It's not something we are overly concerned about, we just need to get the two aspects together and results will start to come again. Macclesfield won in Sol Campbell's first home game in charge, so we know that will be a really tough game.

"There's a tight pitch there and it will be a good atmosphere because I'm sure the Vale fans will travel in numbers as they always do. We really appreciate the support, especially at this time of year as we know Christmas is just around the corner, so to have them travelling up and down the country means a lot."

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