We never really got going – Port Vale manager on defeat to Macclesfield Town

A disappointed Port Vale manager John Askey said his side “never really got going” as they lost 2-1 to Macclesfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Valiants took the lead through Richie Bennett’s early goal, his fifth of the season, but conceded two goals in the second-half to lose the game.

I am very disappointed – that is probably an understatement. I am disappointed that we’ve not played…

After the game Askey told the media: “I am very disappointed – that is probably an understatement. I am disappointed that we’ve not played. We got a goal, a good header, and we should go on from that, but we never really got going.

“You wouldn’t think it was the same players. All you can do is take it on the chin and hopefully we can learn from it.”

The Vale manager explained the side’s switch in formation which saw Richie Bennett partner Tom Pope upfront and commented: “We were trying to get the two up top, as we had done in the previous game, to try and get a little bit more help to Popey. But we never passed the ball. It doesn’t matter what system you play, if you don’t have composure on the ball, and there is no movement, then you are going to struggle.”

Asked what his side lacked, the Vale boss added: “Composure on the ball, get the ball down and have the guts to play. There were too many who seemed a little bit fearful of the game. I know there was a decent crowd, and they are on top of you a little bit, but you should relish it, you shouldn’t go within yourself.”

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