Manager Rob Page says he is aware of the team’s habit of failing to reach the play-off places in the division and that he will “address” it.
Vale have picked up a worrying habit of putting on a poor performance whenever they can get within touching distance of the play-off places.
Did we show them too much respect? Were we a little bit stand–offish? Yes, 100 per cent…
Page said: “We are going to address it. I have just said exactly the same to my staff. I remember last season we went to Chesterfield and had we won we would have gone fifth, but we got beaten by three.
“My talk before this game was did we need any more incentive than to go eighth – and we were 3-0 down at half time. It is something we will address.
“Were we a little intimidated coming to Millwall? Did we show them too much respect? Were we a little bit stand–offish? Yes, 100 per cent. We can’t let that happen.”