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Dave Kevan believes Vale can't afford to dwell on weekend defeat

15 October 2019

Port Vale must shake off the Macclesfield hangover according to assistant manager Dave Kevan ahead of the visit of Stevenage this weekend, insisting it's not a time to panic and change things drastically.

Manager John Askey opted to switch to the diamond formation at the weekend against the Silkmen, welcoming the return of defender from James Gibbons from suspension and slotting new boy Will Atkinson into the midfield.

What followed was an uncharacteristic performance from the Valiants and following the game, Dave Kevan offered his apologies to the 1800 plus fans who travelled to Moss Rose. 

With Stevenage up next at Vale Park, Kevan believes now isn't the time to make knee-jerk changes as the Vale look to make it seven games unbeaten at home in the league.

"We certainly won't be doing that, we feel like we've got a way of playing. Obviously we didn't show that at Macclesfield, but we've got a style and an identity so we won't be ripping that up.

"We'll be trying to get back to it and going back to the basics. We'll be trying to be doing them right and trying to do them better. 

"Everyone feels like they're involved, you're never too far away from the team. We've got a tight knit group of players here and they'll be looking for a reaction on Saturday from themselves."

Port Vale's opponents this weekend are a team that have endured a very disappointing start to the season, one which is at the complete other side of spectrum compared to their 2018/19 campaign. 

Stevenage left it until last Saturday to record their first win of the season. A 2-1 victory over Grimsby Town earned them their first three points of the season, setting them up nicely for their trip to Vale Park.

Appreciating the dangers Stevenage pose, Dave Kevan insists the Vale are more than capable of dealing with some of the threats Boro pose. 

"They've got some good players, they're not just a physical side. They've got Kurtis Guthrie up top, who on his day is a handful, so you know they've got some good footballers in amongst that physical attribute they've got. 

"We can handle that. We can compete with teams, I don't have any worries about that. We've shown that throughout the season already.

"Saturday was an off day but we've moved on. We're ready for Stevenage."

 


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