Port Vale: Time for Sam Morsy to take responsibility, says Mark Grew
SAM Morsy must learn his lesson if he's to continue his progress at Port Vale.
That's the message from assistant boss Mark Grew, who's demanding the combative midfielder keeps the aggressive side of his game in check from now on.
Morsy issued an official apology yesterday for the reckless tackle against Rochdale which earned him a red card.
The incident left boss Micky Adams seething, particularly as Vale went on to concede twice on the way to a 2-2 draw.
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And Grew hopes the 21-year-old can channel his competitive nature in future.
"The gaffer gave Sam both barrels afterwards, but then we sat him down and had a good chat with him," said Grew.
"He was apologetic, but he simply has to learn.
"He's still young, but that makes no difference.
"He'd been lucky not to be sent off in the previous home game against Oxford. We had a word with him then, but then he goes and does it again.
"If he'd been sent off twice like that, he'd probably be looking at an eight-match ban."
Grew, pictured right, says Vale don't want to take the aggression out of Morsy's game, but insists he must change his ways.
"He knows if he lifts his studs, he'll be in trouble," added the number two.
"We don't want to change him, but stupidity is inexcusable.
"It's a real frustration for me because I brought him here from Wolves and he's worked his way into the team.
"The gaffer calls him 'my boy', so when he does something wrong, I get a volley.
"He's a great player and he can play at a higher level. but I've told him he won't do that if he keeps getting sent off."
Grew reckons Morsy will quickly get over his unwanted moment in the spotlight.
"He'll be feeling tired at the end of the two weeks he'll miss because the gaffer will be working him twice as hard on the training ground.
"He's in for a lot of running and he's got to serve his ban. And if the lads do well in his absence, then he'll have to sit on the bench or in the stands.
"He's a strong-minded lad and this won't affect him personally. Hopefully he'll take in what we've been telling him."
Morsy said the incident had been a "learning curve".
"My red card let everyone down, including the management, my team-mates and fans, as well as myself," he said.
"There was no malice in the challenge. It was just a mistimed intent to win the ball, which I now know was the wrong decision at the time.
"This season has been a huge learning curve in my development and I can only apologise that my sending off affected the result last Tuesday. There is no-one more disappointed with that than me."