Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke was happy with his side’s second-half response against Barrow on Saturday but was critical of a “slow” first-half display and a poor goal conceded by goalkeeper Lucas Covolan.
The keeper has got to save that, it went straight through his hands. Not good enough…
Ollie Banks’ powerful free-kick went through Covolan’s hands on the half-hour mark with Clarke telling the media: “We gave a sloppy goal away. The keeper has got to save that, it went straight through his hands. Not good enough.”
The Brazilian signing has had a mixed season so far with a sending-off on his debut, praise for his command of the box but criticism of some of his work with the ball at his feet. The Vale number one may now come under pressure from back-up Aidan Stone ahead of the trip to Stone’s former club Mansfield.
However, Clarke was more pleased with the side’s reaction to trailing at half-time. He added: “I thought we had a lot of control in the game in the first half without getting the joy. We were a little bit sloppy, slow movement of the ball. I thought they were getting out very easily.
“The changes in the second half helped us get more control of the game.”