Port Vale: We must learn lesson of Gillingham defeat, warns Micky Adams ahead of Bradford City clash
MICKY Adams has demanded his players learn from their mistakes as Port Vale prepare for another big test of their promotion pedigree.
The Vale manager wants his high-flying team to put last week's defeat by leaders Gillingham behind them by showing a big improvement at in-form Bradford City tomorrow (3pm).
Vale have failed to keep a clean sheet since the opening day of the League Two season, and Adams knows his defence will face another stern examination against a team who have scored 12 times in winning all four of their home league games so far.
"I was disappointed last week as the goals we conceded were bad ones," he said.
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"We can't change the Gillingham result, but we can learn our lessons from it.
"We need to tighten up some areas of our game.
"Bradford are a good side at home, and they're particularly strong at set-pieces. If we don't switch on, we'll get punished.
"But the sign of a decent team is whether you can bounce back from defeat.
"You have to dust yourselves down, learn a lesson and try to respond by winning the next game."
Adams hinted at the possibility of changing his team for the first time in nine games after last week's defeat, but now says he has yet to decide whether to do so.
"It might be time to freshen it up, but we'll wait and see," he added. "There are certainly options for me. We'll keep everyone on their toes and guessing."
Games are coming up thick and fast for the Valiants now with four in the next two weeks, and Adams said he's prepared to rotate his team if necessary.
"It's something we'll need to look at," he said. "We've got a decent squad and players itching to get in the team.
"If I feel we need to rotate things, I'll do so, but I won't spit my dummy out or make changes for the sake of it."