Port Vale: Micky Adams puts case for better defence ahead of Gillingham clash
MICKY Adams is demanding that free-scoring Port Vale remember to shut the door behind them when they go gunning for top spot tomorrow.
The Vale manager has seen his rampant team bag 21 league goals in seven games to become the country's leading scorers.
But they have not kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season, so Adams is warning them to tighten up at the back ahead of tomorrow's visit of unbeaten League Two leaders Gillingham (3pm).
"We've got so many attacking players on the pitch at the moment that it sometimes looks like attack v defence," he said, "and at the moment, our attack is winning.
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"But we've not been keeping clean sheets, which has disappointed me.
"We are conceding sloppy goals, particularly when we think the game is won. We have got to tighten up.
"Some of the goals we've given away have been scandalous, but we only seem to be doing it when we're winning games.
"We must improve our concentration because it could cost us – we can't afford to be complacent."
Adams says the chance to reach the League Two summit with victory against the high-flying Gills will be an extra incentive for his players, and dismissed the notion Martin Allen's side might come looking for a draw.
"They're top of the table and a confident unit who've got good players and a system that suits them," he added.
"The manager will force them forward and they look a decent side who are a real threat to us.
"But if we beat them we go top, so it's all to play for."
Adams seems likely to pick the same team for the ninth game in a row after captain Doug Loft, who had five stitches in a shin injury sustained at Fleetwood on Tuesday, declared himself fit to play yesterday.