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Funso Ojo | "I think we were the better team”

25 February 2023

Funso Ojo believes that the Valiants were the better side in Saturday Afternoon’s 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium.

  • Funso Ojo | “I think we were a better team”
  • Port Vale midfielder speaks to the media following a 2-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers in League One.
  • Ojo: “We played well, good individual performances, but came off with zero points.”

Port Vale midfielder Funso Ojo says the team ‘need’ to turn these strong performances into wins after the Valiants came out on the losing side in a Greater Manchester, despite producing a strong display.

Two goals inside a first-half 10-minute spell turned the game around for Bolton Wanderers after Ellis Harrison’s ninth goal of the season had put Vale into an early lead.

The Valiants were the better side for large parts of the match, and when speaking to the press after the defeat, Ojo said: “[Darrell Clarke] said after the game [we] played a decent game.

“We were on top of them, but there are 12 games left, and we don't want to keep saying that after the game. We played well, good individual performances, but came off with zero points.

“[In the] next 12 games we need to make sure that the games we know we need to win, we win those, and when we put performances in like this, we get the three points as well or at least a draw.

“It's a tough league, you never know what you're going to get, every team can beat every other team.

“Like us today, this team [Bolton Wanderers], are playing for going to the Championship, they pay Championship wages, but I think we were a better team.”

Clarke rotated his midfield on Saturday, with Ojo coming into the side in place of Tom Conlon, who started the match against Morecambe on Tuesday night.

Our number 14 has been key for the midfield group this season, but he has been especially impressed with a certain one of his counterparts.

“I feel like I have a voice in the team, and I'm respected, overall. You see Ben Garrity in his first season at this level, he's played every game, 90 minutes [each time].

“He's been outstanding, so everyone just chips in and we have a good group that respects each other.”

With Milton Keynes Dons next up for Vale, Ojo and his teammates will be hoping to turn our strong recent performances into points.

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