Micky Adams: Port Vale can cope with pressure of being on top
PORT Vale's terrific team spirit will help them cope better with being top of the table this time.
So says boss Micky Adams, whose side picked up their eighth league win on the road on Saturday to leapfrog Gillingham into pole position for the first time since 2010.
Adams, then nearing the end of his first spell with the club, saw the Valiants last just one game at the summit.
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But he reckons the class of 2012/13 are made of sterner stuff.
"A couple of seasons ago when we were top of the league we didn't particularly cope with it," he said.
"But we are a different breed now and a different set of players. I hope we can deal with it, but only time will tell. We'll give it a real go, that's for sure.
"The players have had all the excuses this season, but we've never used them.
"All we've done is stick together and that's an example for a lot of football clubs in adversity."
Adams said he was delighted to be top of the table going into the new year and insisted there will be no change of approach.
"It's a great feeling from a managerial point of view and I take pride in that," he said.
Vale took the game at Dagenham and Redbridge by the scruff of the neck early on.
They were two up after nine minutes through Tom Pope – his 23rd of the season – and Jennison Myrie-Williams.
Dagenham pulled one back through a hotly-disputed penalty, but Louis Dodds rattled in a stunning third, making the home side's late reply nothing more than a consolation.
"I was delighted with the performance," said Adams. "We showed real fighting qualities and we played some good stuff as well."
With tomorrow's home game against Fleetwood on the horizon, the manager issued an appeal to fans.
"We're expecting another difficult game," he said, "but if ever there was a rallying call for supporters, it's now."