Caretaker manager Michael Brown thought that his Port Vale side put on an improved display and reserved special praise for Nathan Smith’s performance against Bury.
Brown told the media: “I thought we did very well at times. We had three players who haven’t played for the club and a couple of players coming back so it was a big change around for us. I thought the boys did exceptionally in the first half, but we were sucker-punched ourselves with the goals we conceded.
He was looking forward to the fight and he said ‘I am up for the challenge’. He got his head on everything and what a wonderful clearance…
“It was also a mistake before [Nathan Smith] Smudger’s clearance off the line so we gave them three out of their four or five efforts.”
“I thought he [Smith] was terrific, especially in the first half an hour. He was looking forward to the fight and he said ‘I am up for the challenge’. He got his head on everything and what a wonderful clearance.
“But that’s what he is doing at the moment and it is a pleasure to see. The work ethic from the kid is fantastic and he wants to learn all the time. He is certainly a team player.”