Port Vale: Micky Adams hits out at critics after Torquay victory
MICKY Adams celebrated Port Vale's 10th away win of the season by hitting back at his harshest critics.
The Vale boss was frustrated by the negative reaction of some supporters to last week's home defeat by Morecambe and felt Saturday's hard-earned victory at Torquay was the perfect reply.
"We lost one game last week and some of the paranoia and hysteria that followed was amazing," he said.
"So this was a magnificent response from a group of players who rolled their sleeves up on a difficult pitch and ground out a win away from home.
"We've answered a few critics. We're a close-knit family in that dressing-room and we'll continue to be until the end of the season.
"We're not there yet, but this was a massive boost for us."
Adams was angered by a string of posts on internet message boards.
"I was aware of the criticism that followed that defeat last week, but we lost one battle, we didn't lose the war. Even the best sides lose games of football. We've never admitted we're anything but a hard-working group of players that want to do well.
"Ask Torquay fans where they would rather see their team… where we are or where they are.
"I don't think our fans have a lot to grumble about.
"But there are some who think they're clever on their computers and all they do is grumble. I don't think they were here (at Torquay). I'm sure they'll be disappointed we've won."
Calvin Andrew claimed his first goal for the club when he deflected in Doug Loft's 30-yard shot in the first half.
Adams is now keen to keep the momentum going at home to Exeter City tomorrow night.
"Exeter are in the play-off hunt, which shows they're a decent side," he said.
Match report: Pages 42&43