Port Vale manager Neil Aspin reserved special praise for the debut performance of Adam Crookes after the away win at Crawley.
Vale ended a run of disappointing results with a 1-0 win on Saturday with Crookes making his debut by lining up in a back three.
I can’t think of anyone who’s really played better on their debut, I thought he was excellent…
Aspin told the media: “I can’t think of anyone who’s really played better on their debut, I thought he was excellent. Everything he did was good, he was positive, composed on the ball, he was strong and defended well.
“When you consider he’s had maybe 30 minutes [training] at St George’s Park to prepare in that formation, he just stepped like he’s been playing there all season.
“As a manager you’re bringing players in on loan where some come off and some don’t. If he can keep up that form, he’s going to be a really important player for us.”
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