Port Vale manager Bruno Ribeiro has praised subs Rigino Cicilia, Kiko and Quentin Pereira after conceding that Vale’s first-half performance in the 2-2 draw with Oldham was “very bad.”
A dreadful first-half performance could have seen Vale four goals or more down at the break but thankfully Oldham’s ability in front of goal saw them unable to take the lead.
We spoke at half-time and I said we change our attitude and play as a team or we won’t win this game…
After the break, Vale introduced Rigino Cicilia and Quentin Pereira to join Kiko (who had replaced Anton Forrester in the first period) and Vale’s game improved significantly. Cicilia in particular did his chances of a first-team start no harm with an all-action display and his third goal of the season.
After the game Ribeiro said:Â “I am very sad. We lost two points. We started the game badly; the first half was very bad from us, it was a bad attitude. The back four and Jak (Alnwick) were fantastic but the restâ€¦
“We spoke at half-time and I said we change our attitude and play as a team or we won’t win this game. I said if we play as team and what we work on every day then we can win this game.
“In the second-half the lads’ attitude was fantastic. The players who came on were perfect for us but with fifty seconds to go we conceded a goal and lost two points.”