Port Vale manager: poor defending but at least we are safe

Port Vale manager John Askey says the bigger picture is that the Valiants are safe from relegation despite a 4-1 home loss to Stevenage.

Vale were unable to cope with Stevenage’s counter attacking on Saturday and Askey commented: “I’ve never celebrated a 4-1 defeat before but obviously we’ve stayed up and when I came in that was the main aim.

I’ve never celebrated a 4-1 defeat before but obviously we’ve stayed up and when I came in that was the main aim…

“I’m disappointed that we’ve conceded four. I didn’t think it was a 4-1 defeat in terms of how we played. At 2-1 it seemed like we were in the ascendancy and we were going to get the equaliser but they hit us on the counter-attack.

“Our defending was poor. I thought we started really well but we were caught out from our corner, didn’t defend it. That was the same throughout the game; they hit us on the break.

“We did have chances – Monty had one or two, Tom had a chance – but it wasn’t meant to be today. The main thing is, we’re safe.

“We lost today but there were still some good points. Having gone two down we got a goal back and when I came in we wouldn’t have been able to do that – concede two and we would buckle, but we didn’t, even though we lost 4-1.

“It’s always disappointing when you lose but have to dust ourselves down. We can’t afford to let this season peter out.”

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