Manager Micky Adams says that Port Vale can be proud of their efforts against Brighton although the Championship side ultimately “showed their quality.”
We have played five games in the Cup and that is not bad for us. We were never going to win it, believe it or not, but we gave a good account of ourselves…
The Valiants lost 3-1 on Saturday and exited the FA Cup at the fourth round stage with Adams commenting: “We acquitted ourselves to difficult condition for both sides, but perhaps it didn’t rain enough for our liking, but I think we have done well to get so far.
“We have played five games in the Cup and that is not bad for us. We were never going to win it, believe it or not, but we gave a good account of ourselves.
“We switched off a couple of times. The first one I think we can do something about, the second one I think is fluke. He has crossed that into an area and it has just gone in.
“The first one is avoidable, we are disappointed with that, and I said to the boys at half time, it doesn’t matter how much football they’ve played, and they had played some decent stuff, they are in front because we switched off on a couple of set-pieces and that can’t happen.
“The goal just before half time was disappointing, but did we deserve to come in at half time level? I think so.
“They had a lot of possession, which they are going to do, but as I said before we had acquitted ourselves quite well, we had got a decent shape.
“The problem that we were having was getting the ball s into the final third with any sort of quality. Could we get into the final third and hurt them? We found that difficult, particularly in the first half. When we got into the final third, could we deliver crosses? We didn’t do that either.
“We thought we could get after them but they showed their quality and I think they showed their character, particularly Upson at the back and Dunk who were excellent today.
“They showed they had got some good players, but we gave a good account of ourselves.”