Port Vale: Boss Micky Adams happy with away-day point at Burton
MICKY Adams saluted his players after Vale earned a point in the Staffordshire derby at Burton Albion last night, writes Steve Shaw.
The goalless draw ensures Vale remain second in League Two as they turn their attention to Saturday's FA Cup first-round tie against non-league Dartford.
Adams's side extended their unbeaten league run to five matches to leave the Vale manager delighted after what was a hard-fought battle at the Pirelli Stadium.
"We were determined not to go into the FA Cup game on the back of a defeat because we would have had 10 days to think about it before playing Northampton," said Adams.
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"We looked like the team most likely to score and Burton paid us the compliment of changing their system to three centre-backs to match ours.
"We got into good areas and looked generally comfortable, but our final ball let us down on a couple of occasions.
"Both sides worked hard for the point – we'll only know how good it is at the end of the season.
"But you have seen another great effort from my players.
"Their work ethic is tremendous."
Adams handed a full debut to on-loan Bradford striker Jake Speight last night – the 1,000th player to appear for the club in the Football League.
The 25-year-old worked tirelessly operating in the hole behind strike duo Marc and Justin Richards before being substituted on 58 minutes.
Speight, pictured below, who is ineligible to play in Saturday's cup clash, said: "I was delighted to start the match. The manager just told me to be positive and get at people.
"I worked hard, which I can do for 90 minutes, but I need a bit more fitness work.
"I'm disappointed I didn't score, but playing from that position, I was always going to tire in the second half.
"It's frustrating to miss Saturday, because I wanted to try to get another 60 or 70 minutes under my belt.
"But I'll do some fitness work over the weekend to make sure I'm up to speed next week."
Adams added: "Jake worked hard and you could see he hasn't played too much football recently because he cramped up at the start of the second half.
"But he looked threatening and quite lively."
VALE will meet rivals Stoke City in the quarter-finals of the Staffordshire Senior Cup at Vale Park on Tuesday, November 30 (7.30pm).