Port Vale: Micky Adams searches for answers after latest home defeat to Exeter City
MANAGER Micky Adams says Port Vale must come up with a solution to their problems on home soil.
Last night's 2-0 reverse against Exeter City consigned the promotion-chasing Valiants to back-to-back defeats at Vale Park following on from Morecambe's success earlier this month.
And while the manager admitted he's puzzled by his team's home form, he insists he'll do everything he can to put it right.
"We've lost the last two home games and we'll have to find different avenues and ways to play here," he said.
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"We're as frustrated by it as the supporters are.
"It's a little bit baffling, I have to say, particularly when you consider the performance we put in at Torquay United on Saturday.
"I was disappointed because we just never got going and we got what we deserved in the end, which was nothing.
"We're not getting into the right areas to score goals and that was as quiet a performance as I've seen from a Port Vale side this season.
"But while we've lost another game, we'll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and get on with it."
The defeat prevented Vale from taking over at the top of League Two after leaders Gillingham suffered a surprise 1-0 home defeat by Oxford.
The Valiants remain in second place, but Adams says he will analyse where improvements can be made in the promotion run-in.
"It's easy to be critical or to point the finger, but we'll have a look at everything," he said.
"I've always said we've got a decent squad, and it might be time for the people that have been on the sidelines to have a run in the side.
"But we'll have a look at it and pick the team we think will give us the best chance of a result at Oxford on Saturday."
The Valiants, who remain five points ahead of the teams in the play-off positions with a game in hand, were nowhere near their best and Exeter fully deserved their 11th win on the road in the end.
Veteran striker Jamie Cureton claimed his 19th goal of the season after 11 minutes and defender Danny Coles doubled the advantage after the half-hour mark.
Midfielder Mark Molesley was given a straight red card for kicking out at Dan Jones in the second half, but Vale couldn't find a way back into the contest.
"We've been a free-scoring team this season, but we're not putting the ball away at the moment," admitted Adams.
"We nearly always test the goalkeeper, but we never even did that.
"I thought Exeter worked harder than us, and that doesn't sit well with me at all.
"Once you see a team out-battle you and out-run you, then you have to start asking questions.
"Whether we thought all we had to do was turn up and win, you will have to ask the players, but that's never my philosophy.
"I'll always think we have to work twice as hard as the opposition, and we just didn't do that."
Match report: Pages 42&43