Micky Adams: Port Vale must snap out of shocking slump after Southend defeat
MICKY Adams says Port Vale must snap out of a shocking slump in form to stay in the promotion picture.
Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Southend extended a dismal run which has seen the Valiants pick up one point from their last four games.
And a frustrated Adams knows they must buck up their ideas quickly to avoid throwing away all of their good work so far this season.
"Promotion seems a million miles away with the way we're playing," he said.
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"We're still in the frame, but we're not good enough at the moment. I don't want to kid myself or kid supporters because they're not daft.
"I've said many times before we would go through spells where it didn't happen for us.
"Unfortunately we're doing it at the business end of the season, which is not ideal.
"We'll have to take a bit of stick and I will too. But I'm big enough to handle it and I want the players to be big enough as well."
Vale's third defeat in four home games saw the gap to the play-off pack reduced to three points and left Adams scratching his head.
But the manager insisted his team, who travel to take on Bristol Rovers tomorrow, would come through their rocky patch in the end.
"Everyone could see what we've done previously and it's disappointing we've not continued that," he added.
"But we'll have to find the solution and get through it.
"We've got nine games to go, and our immediate aim is to get enough points to qualify for the play-offs. We'll do whatever we can do after that.
"But no-one is thinking about missing out on automatic promotion.
"We'll approach the rest of the season positively because it is far from finished.
"And we'll take whatever comes our way. If it's good enough, it's good enough and if it's not then the club will probably be looking for another manager."