Port Vale: Angry Micky Adams hits out at 'idiotic' fans after Bristol Rovers defeat
ANGRY Micky Adams hit out at the critics rounding on him and his team, and urged them to pull together instead.
The Port Vale boss saw his team slip to their fourth defeat in five games at Bristol Rovers last night.
He then blasted a section of 'idiotic' fans who, he said, had been waiting for things to go wrong.
Adams also dismissed claims by Ryan Burge that he'd been sent home for no reason, and said the midfielder would face disciplinary action.
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"We had some good support tonight, but some of the stuff the fans have been coming out with is disgusting," said Adams.
"It's not 12 months ago that some of my boys were playing for nothing.
"Whether they're having a go at me, the players or whoever, it's just not on. And for a team that's up in the promotion race.
"Until the good supporters get hold of these idiots, then we're not in this together.
"All right my team's losing at the moment and I'm trying my best to put it right, but some of the stick I'm getting is personal.
"In fact, it's become so offensive that I can't bring my missus and kids to the games any more.
"A certain section of the crowd have been waiting for it all to go wrong for us. And at this moment, you need everyone pulling in the right direction.
"So that's an appeal to the supporters. And if I get stick for that, I don't care."
Vale slipped to third in the table when Ryan Brunt's double condemned them to a second successive defeat on the road.
And while fans have been left upset by that poor run of form, they've been further outraged by the fact Burge has been left out of the squad for the last two matches.
The midfielder tweeted that he'd been five minutes from Bristol only to be told not to bother coming and that he was not needed.
But Adams insisted he would have started last night had he turned up at the team hotel on time.
"Ryan didn't turn up for the pre-match meal," explained the Vale boss.
"He should have been at the hotel at 4.30pm and he still wasn't there at 5.15, so what am I supposed to do?
"Then he puts a load of rubbish on his Twitter feed.
"It's absolute nonsense and he's going to be disciplined.
"Just when we need people, he does that. Not to me, but to his team-mates.
"He was in the team and I had to change it. I'm gutted for rest of the lads."
Adams admitted the performance against Rovers simply wasn't good enough.
"We lost because of two set-pieces and it's massively disappointing, but we didn't do enough," he added.
"It's not rocket science that we're having a bad time at the moment and the only people that can change it is the players themselves.
"They've got to be open and honest with themselves and look at themselves and do something about it.
"They're good enough, I know they are.
"Confidence is at a low ebb, whether it's me or the tactics, or belief in themselves.
"They are all the questions that we're asking."