Port Vale: Micky Adams upbeat after goalless draw against Bradford
MICKY Adams insisted he would focus on the positives, despite seeing Port Vale held to a goalless draw by Bradford City last night.
The second-placed Valiants endured a frustrating night at Vale Park, and saw their lead over the play-off places cut to just four points.
Adams' side, who also had skipper Doug Loft sent off in the last minute, have now won once in their last six matches, but the manager was upbeat about his players' display.
"We have to take crumbs of comfort," he said. "You have to start again somewhere.
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"It's a point on the board and a clean sheet against a good Bradford side.
"We were under pressure to put in a performance and I was pleased with the effort and commitment of the players.
"There are now 10 games to go and it's all to play for."
Both sides had chances to win the game with Tom Pope going close for the Valiants and Ashley Vincent forcing Bradford keeper Jon McLaughlin into a great save.
But the Bantams could easily have claimed all three points with Vale defender Richard Duffy having to make a double goal-line clearance.
"I thought both sides had set up not to be beaten," added Adams, pictured, who saw his side recover from back-to-back defeats.
"We've gone toe to toe against a team who, if they hadn't had their cup run, would have been right up there.
"I thought we had the better chances in the first half.
"We freshened it up and I'll let other people decide if it worked or not. But I thought, to a man, the players stuck to their task."
Adams said he would have to look again at the incident which saw Loft shown a straight red card for an apparent studs-up challenge on Ricky Ravenhill.
"I'm not ducking the issue, but I'll have to watch it again," he said.
"The referee says Doug went over the top of the ball, but I know and everyone else knows he's not that type of player.
"But it looks like a three-game ban and we're going to miss him. I thought he was outstanding again, as he was on Saturday."
Anthony Griffith was booked six minutes into his second debut for the club, having re-joined on loan from Leyton Orient for the rest of the season.
But Adams was delighted with his contribution.
"I was fed up of teams beating us up," he said. "That was one of the reasons I brought him back to the club.
"Some people may or may not agree, but I thought he showed his battling qualities."
Match report: Pages 42&43