Micky Adams said that Vale’s rookie defenders were taught a “valuable lesson” after “someone switched off” in the last moments of the game against Bradford.
Someone switched off and it is in the back of the net, there is a valuable lesson there…
A last-gasp Carl McHugh goal meant Vale came away without a point, but Adams felt that his team could take something from the heartache.
He commented: “It was a cracking game. I have just said to the two young centre-halves, I don’t think they will have a harder game than that in their careers.
“It started from the first whistle, Hanson got about them, but they stood up well to the task.
“It is disappointing because I though aerially we had competed really well. You saw a lot of people putting their bodies on the line, and they needed to.
“The emphasis at half-time was can we handle the ball better because we can’t keep sustaining wave after wave of the pressure.
“They put lots crosses into the box, a lot of free kicks and lot of corners and we competed well up until the 91st minute.
“Someone switched off and it is in the back of the net, there is a valuable lesson there.”