Port Vale assistant manager Andy Crosby paid tribute to all the Valiants squad after a depleted Vale side ended their poor run with a 2-0 home win over Hartlepool United.
It was a hard fought win for the Valiants in a match largely devoid of quality. Vale were missing a host of players including Jamie Proctor, James Wilson, Tom Conlon, Jake Taylor and Nathan Smith and Crosby told the media the team had done well in the circumstances.
To go and produce that performance today, in the conditions, was credit to all the players…
He commented that after the poor home loss to Walsall it was: “Really good response since Wednesday, Thursday… and to go and produce that performance today, in the conditions, was credit to all the players.”
Crosby also singled out returning duo Brad Walker and Ryan Johnson who were handed starts after Vale lost the services of several regular starters. Crosby said: “They’ve got to be ready. Players have to be ready, you’re judged on a Saturday, when there’s a few thousand people watching and it reflects on what you’ve done on Monday to Friday. When players have come in they’ve produced. Credit to Ryan, credit to Brad. They’ve not started a game for a number of weeks but their performances today were very good.”
The assistant manager also praised a quartet of senior players adding: “Tom Pett, Aaron Martin, Gibbo, David Worrall real good influences on the team today, Aaron knows the game he’s an experienced player. But credit to everyone today.”
Goalscorer Tom Pett also received praise with Crosby saying: “Fantastic professional. Really good communicator in the dressing room. He has produced really good standards since he came to the club.”
Watch the post-match interview with Andy Crosby