Micky Adams: Port Vale will recover top form after Chesterfield defeat
MICKY Adams says Port Vale must battle through their recent dip in form.
Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Chesterfield was the Valiants' third in seven days, following a 2-1 FA Cup loss at Sheffield United and a Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit to Bradford City.
• GALLERY: Match Action: Port Vale 0 Chesterfield 2
Goals either side of half-time from former loanee Jay O'Shea and Tendayi Darikwa proved decisive to round off a poor week for Adams' side.
Vale remain second in League Two, five points behind leaders Gillingham, as they prepare to make the trip to third-placed Cheltenham this weekend.
"A few of the players are miles off the pace at the moment," said Adams.
"I wouldn't say there's a crisis of confidence, but players are struggling for form. That happens.
"In any season you are going to have spells where it doesn't go quite right for you.
"We're not Barcelona, we're talking about League Two footballers and their form will be up and down.
"It's not just two or three that are struggling, it's maybe five or six, and to win a game, you've got to have everybody at it.
"We're not enjoying it at the moment, but we have to put everything into perspective. We'll regroup and start again.
"We've got to keep reminding ourselves about where we are. We're second in the table. It's hardly a crisis.
"We'll have to get back on to the training ground and all stand up and be counted."
Adams was disappointed by the reaction of a section of the crowd, who jeered his side's below-par display.
"We're having a decent season and I don't care what anyone says," he added. "I know there were a few boos and a few people who were not happy, but my message to them is: 'We're ok'.
"You can dig a hole and bury yourself in it, but we don't. We've got to go again. And that's what we'll do."
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