David Kelly has told the official Port Vale website that young defender James Gibbons “has been great” despite being dismissed on his full debut.
Gibbons was shown red for two yellow cards which marred an otherwise impressive debut. Kelly commented: “It was his first ever start in professional football, but he will learn from it.
“I thought the tussle had nothing in it really and it didn’t really deserve a yellow card, but when he kicks the ball away, that’s a young boy not knowing the men’s game.
“But he has been great Gibbo, he was superb in training all week and that’s why Morgs [Chris Morgan] and I decided to go with him.”