Port Vale: Micky Adams left with plenty to ponder ahead of Cheltenham clash
MICKY Adams says he has plenty to ponder as he bids to return Vale to winning ways.
They have suffered three successive defeats, with an FA Cup loss at Sheffield United and a Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit to Bradford being followed by Saturday's 2-0 home reverse to Chesterfield.
And Adams, whose side are second in League Two, is mulling over changes to his starting line-up for this weekend's tough trip to third-placed Cheltenham.
"At the beginning of the season, we had a steady side and didn't change it for a number of games," said the Vale manager.
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"But form is a key factor to everything. It looks as though there's a confidence issue with some of the players.
"When their confidence is not quite right, players end up having an extra touch, and when you do that, it allows opposition players to come and close you down.
"The last two games have shown it and we'll pick the next side with that in mind."
Adams, though, is keen to put a positive spin on a difficult week for his side, pointing out that only one defeat was in the league.
Vale are five points behind leaders Gillingham, and the manager is eager to have his players back in form ahead of the hectic Christmas period.
"If we'd lost three in the league then my attitude might be slightly different," said Adams, "but we've lost one league game and that's only our fourth of the season.
"There's no panic. We'll just keep ploughing on. The next few games over a busy Christmas period gives us a chance to establish ourselves at the top.
"To do that, we've got to go to places like Cheltenham and Rotherham and show them what we're all about."
THE funeral of former Vale player Steve Fox will take place at St Editha's Church in Tamworth tomorrow, starting at 1.15pm. It will be followed by cremation at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium.