Port Vale: Micky Adams remains upbeat despite Morecambe defeat
MICKY Adams remained upbeat, despite the home defeat by Morecambe.
Lewis Alessandra's second-half goal proved enough for the visitors, but second-placed Vale remain seven points clear of the play-off pack in the race for promotion to League One.
"We didn't perform and we don't need to gloss it over," said Adams, pictured.
"But it's not all doom and gloom, there's a lot to look forward to.
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"I've been saying all season there will be twists and turns. But we've got to get back on track as soon as we can."
Vale remain leading scorers in the division with 64 to their credit so far.
But their second game in a row without a goal left Adams scratching his head.
"We're just lacking something going forward at the moment," he said, "it's not quite clicking into place.
"We seemed to be short of imagination in our forward areas.
"And there are a few players not quite on their game.
"We didn't get in the right areas to put telling crosses in to decent areas and our set-pieces were average, which is not like us either.
"We didn't find enough ways to break them down and when our front players and wide players are not quite at it, it makes it very difficult for us."
Adams joined in the tributes to former chairman Bill Bell, who died on Tuesday, aged 81.
A minute's applause was held before kick-off and the Vale boss said: "He got a great reception that was worthy of the man and everything he did.
"I only met him very briefly and I can't speak of him as a boss. But you only have to look around the stadium to see what he did here."