Port Vale: I've yet to play my best team, says Micky Adams
BOSS Micky Adams insists he has yet to field his best team, despite Port Vale's flying start to the season.
The Valiants are on the crest of a wave ahead of tomorrow's trip to Plymouth (3pm), but the manager reckons there are players on the sidelines who could make them even stronger.
Adams named the same team for the sixth game in a row as Vale made it four unbeaten with last week's rout of League Two promotion favourites Rotherham.
But while he prepares to go with the same line-up for a seventh time, he says some of those players on the fringes will come in before long.
"We've made a great start and we've picked the same XI for six games in a row," he said, "but I'm still not sure this is my best side.
"There are people who are not in the team at the moment who will play a significant part in the campaign and I think some of them would be in my best team."
Centre-half Gareth Owen, versatile left-sided player Rob Taylor and right-back Adam Yates are just three of those yet to get much of a look-in.
All three featured in a 5-1 thumping of Bradford City by the reserves on Wednesday night, and Adams added: "I feel genuinely sorry for some of those on the sidelines.
"I looked at their faces after the Rotherham game. While they were happy we had won, I could tell it was disappointing for them to not be part of it.
"But that's football and they'll get their opportunity."
Adams is keen to keep every member of his small squad on their toes for the challenges which lie ahead.
"The players who have the shirts at the moment know they have to keep performing to keep them, and that's how we want it," he revealed.
"I had words with those who have not been in the team this week. I told them they've not been forgotten. But they must make sure they will be ready for it when they do get their chance."