A pleased Micky Adams reserved special praise for his defence after Vale defeated Walsall 2-1 at the Bescot stadium.
I told the boys before the game that over our dead bodies would we concede a goal, and I thought our back four were excellent…
Adams commented: “We smashed this [66 year old] hoodoo, though I don’t believe in them. It’s about 11 lads going out and performing. I was as committed hard-working performance as I’ve seen for a long time.
“Walsall are a good side if you let them play, but we didn’t allow them to do that. I told the boys before the game that over our dead bodies would we concede a goal, and I thought our back four were excellent.
“We class Walsall as one of the teams that will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. If we finish above them we shall have had a good campaign.”
“We gave them [the travelling support] something to cheer about, as we did at Crewe last week.
“We don’t take support for granted because its very expensive following football.