Port Vale: Rob Page makes case for Valiants' defence
PORT Vale's new defensive resolve is down to players learning from their mistakes, says coach Rob Page.
The Valiants recorded their third successive clean sheet in Saturday's goal-less draw at Barnet, which kept them at the top of League Two.
And Page attributes that run to hard work on the training ground, coupled with the January additions of Darren Purse and Daniel Jones.
"We were conceding too many goals at one point, but I like to think we've put that right now," said the former Wales centre-half.
"There are always things to work on and we've addressed issues that have come up.
"It shows that the lads are taking in what's being said in training.
"I'd told them that if we kept another clean sheet, we'd win at Barnet because we know there are plenty of goals in this team.
"It didn't quite go for us, but the fact we didn't concede yet again put another point on the board and means we're closer to where we want to go."
Page hailed the impact on the back four made by veteran defender Purse and left-back Jones since they joined the club in the transfer window.
"Darren knows what this league is all about," said Page.
"He's made a difference because he's got such a lot of experience. He talks on the pitch and is a great organiser.
"Dan scored on his debut and he's certainly getting to grips with how we play now.
"All of the new boys have helped to improve the squad, but those two have certainly improved the back four."
Page, though, is ready to welcome centre-half John McCombe (knee ligaments) back to the squad.
"John is training again and has been stepping up his work," he said.
"It will certainly give the gaffer a problem or two when he comes to pick the team."
VALE Supporters' Club are to appoint a new committee when they hold their AGM at Tommy Cheadle's pub at Vale Park tonight (7.30pm).