Port Vale coach says fringe players need to challenge more

Port Vale coach says fringe players need to challenge more

Port Vale coach Mick Ede has slammed a “very poor” performance from first-team players involved in the reserve defeat to Bradford City.

Scott Tanser, James Gibbons, Paulo Tavares, Axel Prohouly, Seb Amoros, Sam Kelly, Dan Turner, Olomide Shodipo, Quentin Pereira and Gezim Shalaj all featured in the match.

I don’t think many of them can be knocking on the gaffer’s door and saying ‘I should be playing on Saturday’…

However, Ede told the Sentinel: “We fielded a team there which we thought should have gone on and won the game. We weren’t good enough. They were better than us; they showed more energy, more endeavour and more work rate. It looked like it meant something to them.

“We looked a poor outfit. I know that is a completely different side and we haven’t had any time to get them to do any work together, but at the end of the day they are professional footballers. They should come with the basics and they didn’t do the basics right and we were very poor.

“The last words we said before the game were, ‘with how it is in the first team, you have to be looking to try to force your way in.’ But after that performance I don’t think many of them can be knocking on the gaffer’s door and saying ‘I should be playing on Saturday’…”

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