Micky Adams puts Port Vale squad through paces in bid to halt slump
MICKY Adams is putting his Port Vale squad through double training sessions as they bid to recapture the winning habit.
The Vale boss, who is seeking a big response to a run of three defeats in a row, said: "We've not been at it in recent games, it's as simple as that.
"We have to get back out on the training ground and work as hard as we can, and we've been doing that.
"I ordered double shifts for the first couple of days this week.
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"It's not a punishment, but I don't think it hurts people to be reminded of what we're about, about good habits and what has got us to where we are."
Adams admitted some of his players were not looking as confident as they once were.
"That can be down to a number of factors," he added, "but I'm looking for a response on the training ground.
"We're still second in table and we've given ourselves a platform to work from.
"I'm sure there are lots of teams below us who would snatch your hand off if you said they could change places with us.
"There's no panic and no crisis, certainly not in our own minds, but we need the bigger players to come alive again and show everybody what they're capable of doing."
Adams was in philosophical mood as he reflected on Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Chesterfield, and admitted Vale were very much second best on the day.
"We could have done things better, and slightly differently," he said.
"Maybe I picked the wrong side, but every time you lose a game you are always thinking that anyway.
"Certainly the supporters will always tell you you've picked the wrong side, sometimes even when you've won a game. You can never win in that respect.
"We have had two disappointing performances against Bradford and Chesterfield with virtually two different sides.
"At the moment, it's difficult to pick a side I feel confident in, but it's all about how you bounce back.
"If you're a manager, a player or supporter of a particular club, you have to accept defeats because you are going to get results that go against you."