Port Vale: Micky Adams praises Louis Dodds for securing another point on the road
MICKY Adams reckons Port Vale's results on the road this season should be a lesson to supporters.
The Valiants' hard-earned 1-1 draw at Cheltenham on Saturday means they've now lost just two of 11 away games this season and taken more points on their travels than they have at Vale Park.
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Manager Adams puts that partly down to the approach of opponents and the attitude of the crowd.
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"Teams have to come and attack us when we're playing away," he said.
"It's not like being at Vale Park, where teams sit behind the ball. We sometimes get nervous and the crowd gets nervous.
"It's a lesson for our crowd to just stay patient with what we're trying to do at home because nerves do set in.
"If we don't score in the first 20 minutes, it seems to be a crisis. But we just have to work out ways to be better."
Adams raised a glass to goalscorer Louis Dodds, who celebrated his return to action with a crucial strike to keep Vale's promotion push on track at Whaddon Road.
The 26-year-old marked his first start for a month by netting an important leveller as the Valiants ended a run of three defeats in a row and the Vale boss hopes the goal will act as a catalyst.
"I put him back in and I thought he did really well," said Adams. "He worked hard for the team and, more importantly, got his goal. That will hopefully kick-start him again.
"If you're going to play up front, you need goals and he hadn't been doing that, so it was good that he was on the scoresheet."
Adams was happy with the result in the end and was also full of praise for his defenders as the Robins, desperate for the win to leapfrog Vale into second spot, piled forward in the second half.
"We could have won it, and we could have lost it, so we'll take the point," he added.