Port Vale: Top-notch performances will be rewarded, says Adams
MICKY Adams believes the right results will soon come if Vale can replicate their attacking performance against Torquay.
The Valiants controlled proceedings against one of League Two's promotion favourites, but had to rely on Brian Saah's own goal to earn a 1-1 draw.
Adams, however, was impressed with the way his players reacted to conceding against the run of play in the first half, then kept searching for a win once they levelled.
He said: "Our goal came from an unusual source, but it was no more than we deserved. But for some last-gasp defending we would have picked up three points.
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"We put balls into the right areas at times and just didn't have that little bit of luck you need.
"In the first half we should have capitalised on a bit of nervousness from Torquay, particularly in the first 15 or 20 minutes. We allowed them to relax more than we should.
"There's no doubt the players are working very hard and I think the supporters can see that.
"It's not often you get clapped off at half-time and full-time when you have had perhaps a disappointing result in their eyes."
Vale have another stern test at home next weekend when Rotherham United, who beat Bradford City 4-0 on Saturday, make the trip to Burslem.
And before that, they host League One table toppers Tranmere Rovers in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, tomorrow (7.15pm).
Rovers were also 4-0 winners last time out, thrashing Colchester United to make it three wins and a draw from their opening four league games.
Adams said: "I've emphasised to the boys that I don't want us to switch off mentally just because it's a cup competition which generally doesn't attract too many fans.
Match report: Pages 42 & 43