Port Vale manager – team need to be switched on to scoring chances

Port Vale manager John Askey says that the side need to “switched on to the second ball and being switched on to rebounds. That is where you get your goals from.”

Vale slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Morecambe on Saturday. In the first period Vale’s top-scorer Tom Pope missed a penalty and the Morecambe keeper pulled off several fine saves. However, the away side scored the game’s only goal 15 minutes from time.

What we have to start doing is reacting a little bit better. When the keeper makes saves it is reacting to the ones that are tap ins, that goalscorers get. It is being switched on to the second ball and being switched on to rebounds. That is where you get your goals from…

After the game Askey told the media: “I was pleased with how we played in the first half, we created a lot of chances, but missed a penalty and their keeper has made some fantastic saves.

“In the second half I didn’t think we played as well but we still had spells of pressure and limited them to I think two shots at goal.

“I thought we played better again and hopefully we can keep improving but start hitting the back of the net.

“What we have to start doing is reacting a little bit better. When the keeper makes saves it is reacting to the ones that are tap ins, that goalscorers get. It is being switched on to the second ball and being switched on to rebounds. That is where you get your goals from. It is not always the first shot or the first header, it is getting those balls that are coming back.”

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