Askey pleased with second-half showing from Port Vale

Port Vale manager John Askey has been giving his reaction to the 2-1 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday evening.

Vale’s terrible home form continued and while Askey conceded that the side “went flat” in the first period, he was happier with the second-half performance.

I can’t complain about the players’ efforts. The difference between the two teams was Tranmere’s centre-forward…

Askey told the media:  “I think the pleasing thing was that we went two down and rather than crumbling we dug in there and scored a good goal and got the supporters behind us. If we could have kept going for a little bit longer, who knows?

“We were unlucky a little bit with the offside decision as well but I can’t complain about the players’ efforts. The difference between the two teams was Tranmere’s centre-forward.

“I think we started off well enough then they scored a well-taken goal and we went flat and people stopped wanting the ball. At half-time we said that no matter what goes on, players have to have the confidence to keep wanting the ball.

“I thought they did second-half, they started to show for the ball, everybody wanted it and then when I changed it with Monty and David coming on, that gave us a lift as well and we started to look more of a threat.”

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