Port Vale interim manager Andy Crosby was naturally thrilled with the side picking up three wins in a week as the thrilling 3-2 victory over Oldham boosted their promotion hopes.
The lads showed an amazing quality in the second-half to see the job through. We have had a great week and that is another game done…
Brad Walker scored the winner on Saturday after Vale were twice pegged back by the opposition and Crosby told the media: “We have spoken to Brad in the last few weeks about being higher when we are attacking and regaining second balls from the edge and then taking the opportunity to score from distance. It was great to see that fly in and then it seemed a long time to the final whistle. We were hanging on. We had to show different qualities – defending balls in our box, using our game management and trying to see the game out.”
The Valiants once again started the game strongly with Crosby commenting: “I thought we were superb in the first-half, I have to be honest. We didn’t defend two balls in our box from two different circumstances, one from free play, one from a set play. But I thought some of our attacking play and the intensity we played at was really good in the first half. We spoke at half-time about the things we needed to get better at.”
Crosby also felt some sympathy for the opposition saying: “I am sure they (Oldham) will come away from here frustrated that they have taken nothing. But if you want to be successful come the end of the season, you can’t always play fluent attacking football, you have to find a different way to win and the lads showed an amazing quality in the second-half to see the job through. We have had a great week and that is another game done.”