Get all the post-match reaction from Port Vale’s 3-1 away defeat to Oldham Athletic with our match report, quotes and post-match stats.
Oldham’s Adam Rooney scored twice and Lee Hughes missed a penalty as the Valiants lost their second away game of the season.
Micky Adams kept faith with his wing-based formation with Kaid Mohamed and Jennison Myrie-Williams both playing.
Vale had the better of the opening stages as they threatened the Oldham defence but the best chance fell to Adam Rooney who forced a good save from Neal. But Neal had no chance on 14 minutes as Rooney gave the home side the lead.
On the half-hour mark, he Valiants equalised with their first away goal of the season after Jennison Myrie-Williams (right) netted following good work from Mohamed.
Minutes later, Vale were awarded a penalty but Hughes’ effort was saved by the keeper Oxley. The Valiants immediately forced a corner and Oxley was also on hand to save a header from Tom Pope. That completed a highly entertaining first-half with Vale unlucky not to be in front at the break.
But ten minutes into the second period Vale fell behind as poor defending allowed Oldham to have two chances on goal with Rooney converting the second.
On 75 minutes, Oldham wrapped up the three points with a long-range effort from Dayton. That goal largely knocked the stuffing out of Vale who were grateful to Chris Neal for a superb save in the closing minutes as Baxter’s long-range effort almost made it 4-1.
The game was watched by a highly impressive 1,115 travelling Vale supporters –
Attendance: 4,788 (1,115 away)
Vale: Neal, Yates, Robertson, Dickinson, Jones, Myrie-Williams (Shuker), Loft, Lines, Mohamed (Dodds), Hughes (Williamson), Pope
Subs: Birchall, Griffith, Chilvers, Duffy
“We are struggling in the way we defend and always seem to have a lack of concentration, which we cannot allow to do. We are creating chances, but not sticking the ball in the net like we did last year. We will work at it and it is not all gloom and doom.”
– Micky Adams
– Louis Dodds