Port Vale: Dodds lifted by pep talk from Adams
LOUIS Dodds revealed a pep talk from his manager helped to end his goal-scoring drought.
The forward's second-half strike, which was enough to earn an important point at Cheltenham, was his first since September.
And he explained how a heart-to-heart with boss Micky Adams had got him back on track.
"I had a one-to-one with the manager in the week and it seems to have worked," said Dodds, pictured right.
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"I had not been in the starting line-up for a while and he was just trying to get my confidence back up.
"The fact I had not scored for a long time was maybe subconsciously playing on my mind a bit and he just gave me a little talk to try to get me going again.
"He wanted to get my confidence back to how it was at the start of the season and to make sure I was going in the right direction and it definitely helped.
"It made me realise where I stand and how I can improve. It was nice because it meant I wasn't left wondering what I'm doing wrong. It was nice for him to help me out."
Dodds marked his first start since November 17 when he fired home the rebound after Tom Pope's close-range header had been parried by Robins keeper Scott Brown.
The 67th-minute leveller cancelled out Darren Carter's opener for a Cheltenham side who could have leapfrogged Vale into second place with a win.
"I was delighted to be back in the side because it's not a nice feeling when you're in the stands," said the 26-year-old.
"You always want to show people what you can do, so I'm really pleased to have started and to have scored. Hopefully I can do it again next week.
"I wouldn't have cared if the goal had come off my backside or anything. I've not scored since September, so it's just great to get back on the scoresheet again. Hopefully, there are a few more to come.
"It's been hard to step out of the team, but the people who replaced me have been doing brilliantly and I've just had to bide my time."
Dodds said the players were happy with a draw in the end.
"It was a good point away from home," he said, after the Valiants had come under heavy pressure, particularly during the second half.
"Cheltenham are a good team and it's nice to stay above them. The main thing was to avoid defeat and I think we've shown a lot of resilience.
"It's a massive thing to have not lost because we knew Cheltenham would have gone above us if they had won.
"If you drop down the table, your heads might drop, but I think we showed a few people that we're no mugs and we've ended a run of rotten form."