Vale winger praises performance as Darrell Clarke’s side narrowly beaten on his 500th career league appearance.
- David Worrall | “We went toe-to-toe with them and caused them a lot of problems”
- Worrall on his 500th career league appearance, the Vale’s 3-2 defeat to Ipswich Town and aggressive approach to playing League One high-flyers
- Worrall: “We won the battle, got our gameplan spot on, it just wasn’t enough. We are close to winning those games and getting something out of the games against the best teams in the league.”
Port Vale winger David Worrall says he was proud of his teammates as the Vale were narrowly edged out by Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening.
After going 2-0 down inside the first-half, Gavin Massey and Nathan Smith efforts either side of half-time brought the game level before Freddie Ladapo scored the match’s fifth and final goal on 51 minutes.
Reflecting post-match with iFollow the Vale, Worrall said:
“We gave it everything; it just wasn’t to be. We came up against one of the best squads in the league with Championship players and we went toe-to-toe with them and caused them a lot of problems.
“We won the battle, got our gameplan spot on, it just wasn’t enough. We are close to winning those games and getting something out of the games against the best teams in the league.
“Our record of coming back in games speaks for itself and that will continue with the changing room we have and the characters we have in the team.
“The staff won’t let that go away and the experienced lads, the leaders in the team carry that through.
“We are at home against the best team in the league, why not go for it? We will worry later in the season about seeing games out for a draw – I think it was there for us to take the three points, we had every right to go for it and we did, but you play against teams like that, they get a chance and they score.
“We have to take huge confidence; we are all hurt but we went toe-to-toe with the best [in the league] and we took them all the way.
“I am immensely proud of every single one of them lads after tonight and it just shows the different side to us; we turned it up a few gears tonight and you saw that on the pitch. It was entertaining for people watching and every single one of us can come away with our head held high.”
Worrall made his 500th career league appearance in the defeat at Vale Park, and spoke of how he will continue to use his experience to help Vale’s developing squad.
“I had my partner here and kids here so it was special and to do it at this football club, I love it here and it was a huge moment for me,” Worrall explained.
“Since the gaffer has come in, I have changed as a person, my lifestyle – I take football a lot more seriously.
“There are times when I speak to the lads in training if they have not hit the standards – I have been there and done it League One and Two and had two promotions to the Championship and only want good for things for the lads here in their careers.”