Neil Aspin pulled no punches with his assessment of Port Vale’s performance during the 4-1 home defeat to Oldham Athletic.
Vale were second-best for most of the match and Aspin commented: “You can’t gloss over things. The scoreline on paper looks a disaster. I think in the first half you couldn’t have seen that coming, the scoreline.
“I thought we did all right in the first-half and were unfortunate to be a goal behind, so when you get the goal back then at the start of the second-half you are coming out quite positive.
“We tried to play a positive formation and tried to win the game, but the second goal we conceded was really poor and I think that was really the turning point in the game. I think once they got that second goal, it gave them a lead to defend and then you are chasing the game, you get a little bit fraught in your play and then when you are pushing men forward at the end you get done on the break and that looks like a – well it was a heavy defeat – but it takes away really what went on during the game.
“But there are no excuses. I am not making excuses. It is not good enough. The past month has been disastrous for us, and we have the toughest game probably to come in a couple of days.
“So, there is no point in hammering the players, we have to work with them and try to put out a team that at least will show pride and who will battle and scrap. If they do that then the supporters will support them.”