Port Vale: Micky Adams ready to clamp down on indiscipline
MICKY Adams is ready to clamp down on the indiscipline threatening to derail Port Vale’s promotion push.
The Vale boss is fed up with the rash of red and yellow cards which have left his threadbare squad down to the bare bones, and is now vowing to hit players in the pocket if they step out of line.
Winger Ashley Vincent is the latest player facing a ban, having picked up his fifth caution of the season at Southend on Saturday. He’ll miss this weekend’s home game against York City.
Midfielder Sam Morsy remains suspended after being sent off against Rochdale last week, and with star striker Tom Pope now just one booking away from a ban too, Adams is keen to ram home the message about falling foul of referees.
“There have been too many bookings for dissent and it’s very frustrating, but the gaffer is stamping down on it,” said assistant boss Mark Grew.
“We had a meeting with the players and he told them he won’t accept it any more. And if it does happen, they’ll pay the price.
“One thing the gaffer hates to do is take money off the lads because he knows how hard they work for him and the club, but there comes a point when you can’t keep letting it go.
“Then you have to hit them in the pocket.”
Of Vale’s 39 bookings this season, 17 have been for offences other than fouls.
Vincent has been pulled up for two counts of unsporting behaviour, time-wasting, dissent and a foul.
Grew said the management team could sometimes accept yellow cards if they were for a tackle, but added: “We looked at the percentage of bookings that we’ve had for dissent this season and it’s just not right. We’ve got to cut them out. If we had a 30-man squad, you might not be so concerned, but we haven’t.
“We said at the start of the season that bookings would come and we knew it was a concern.
“That’s starting to come to fruition now, but we have to help ourselves as much as we can.”
While Vincent will miss out on the York game, centre-half John McCombe will be available again after serving his own three-match suspension for a red card he received at Northampton last month.
Fellow defender Richard Duffy should be fit following an ankle injury, while Doug Loft is rated at no more than 50-50 to make a return.
The skipper is still struggling with a calf strain and missed training yesterday.
“We won’t rush him back,” added Grew. “He’s the type who wants to get back as quickly as he can, but we have to be careful because if his calf goes again and does tear, then you’re talking six to eight weeks. That’s the last thing we want.”