Port Vale: Micky Adams delves into players' minds with psychology sessions
MICKY Adams has been delving into his players' minds in a bid to keep their promotion push on track.
The Port Vale boss held a series of heart-to-heart talks this week to tackle the confidence issue he believes has been affecting their form.
"We've done a bit of psychology with the players," he said. "We've sat them down, one-on-one, and reminded them about what and where they are.
"We talked about any problems they had, not as a group, but as individuals.
"I think they found it useful and some of the things they've been telling us have been quite revealing."
Adams hopes the chats will stand them in good stead when the Valiants, in second, travel to third-placed Cheltenham for a top-of-the-table League Two clash tomorrow (3pm).
He added: "Gone are the days when managers would give you the hairdryer treatment in front of everybody else.
"Nowadays, it's more a case of talking individually to players, trying to get some feedback and also for them to listen to what we think.
"We don't really embarrass them like managers used to do to us, but that's how the game has changed."
Adams is set to stick with the 4-4-2 system that has served him so well this term at Whaddon Road, despite the absence of key man Jennison Myrie-Williams.
The winger misses the game after picking up his fifth booking of the season during last week's 2-0 home defeat by Chesterfield.
"I don't think we'll change our policy," said Adams.
"We'll miss Jennison because of his creativity and pace going forward.
"Whoever we pick might not be quite as attacking, but will fill holes for us when we are defending."
VALE play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tonight (7pm) in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.