Port Vale coach Mark Grew praised Carl Dickinson after the defender played in Vale’s cup win over Plymouth despite the sad death of his mother on Saturday.
To do what he has done tonight shows what a great lad he really is. It is a privilege to have him on our team…
The Port Vale players and staff went to Dickinson at the final whistle and Grew commented: “You can’t say too much about the lad. He was by his mother’s side and she passed away on Saturday.
“To do what he has done tonight shows what a great lad he really is. It is a privilege to have him on our team.
“Anyone who has lost a parent will know how he feels. It’s has been a very hard time for Carl.
“I would imagine he has mixed emotions right now, but it was a great effort by him.”
The OVF website would also like to pay tribute to Carl’s professionalism and offer our own condolences for his family’s loss.