Port Vale: Adams takes positives from cup of woe after Sheffield United defeat
MICKY Adams shrugged off the agony of Port Vale's FA Cup heartbreak by insisting they have far more important matters to worry about.
The Vale boss saw his team edged out by former club Sheffield United, who turned around Saturday's second-round tie in a dramatic finish.
But while Shaun Miller's late, late double was a sickener for Vale's travelling army of fans, Adams preferred instead to look at the positive implications for his promotion-chasing side.
"We were never going to win the FA Cup ... and we've got bigger fish to fry this season," he said.
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"People were getting excited about the possibility of a third-round tie against one of the big boys, but while it would have helped in terms of finance, another game would only complicate matters.
"We've got a big December coming up in terms of league fixtures, and a replay might have got in the way. We don't have to worry about that now."
Adams was nevertheless delighted by the effort of his side, who more than held their own against League One opposition.
Tom Pope's 21st goal of the season gave Vale a 33rd-minute lead, only for Alsager-born Miller to level in the final minute and then snatch victory in stoppage time.
"I told the players before the game I've been proud of their performances this season. I told them to go out and show people what they're all about and I think they did that," he added.
"We had fantastic support here too, and we gave them something to shout about.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't see the job through."
Adams will be without Pope, Ryan Burge and Richard Duffy for tomorrow's home Johnstone's Paint Trophy area quarter-final against Bradford City after they picked up their fifth bookings of the season on Saturday.
The Blades now visit either Accrington or Oxford United in the third round.
Match action: Pages 42 & 43