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Adams: Result flattered us

21 October 2012

Port Vale boss Micky Adams admitted the result was better than the performance after his team scored all their goals after half-time to beat 10-man Wycombe 4-1.

The visitors led when Jo Kuffour was shown a second yellow card just before the interval and Vale took full advantage, with prolific striker Tom Pope netting twice to take his season's tally to 15.

Adams said: "I don't want to put a damper on it, but I was really disappointed with how we played in the first-half. We looked a tired and leggy unit and didn't do the right things. Our players were strutting around like peacocks and seemed to think they could just turn up and collect three points. It's never that easy and I really had to get into them at half-time.

"We did do the right things in the second-half, but we shouldn't forget the big turning points was the sending off. I know it can be difficult against 10 men, but thankfully we made the pitch big to stretch Wycombe and then reaped the rewards.

"Tom Pope has scored two goals because he was in the penalty area where he should be. He didn't get in there in the first-half and I had to remind him what his job is. I thought Wycombe's front four caused us problems and I'm sure under Gareth Ainsworth they will make progress and have some good days ahead."

Wycombe took the lead with a 20th-minute penalty after John McCombe was penalised for a challenge on Bruno Andrade. Joel Grant fired a confident spot kick low inside Chris Neal's right-hand post to give the Vale goalkeeper no chance.

Vale were given a lift just before half-time when Kuffour, who had been cautioned for dissent, was sent off for a second yellow after clattering into Neal. Substitute Ben Williamson was introduced as a third striker and had been on the field for just five minutes when he equalised in the 59th minute.

And Pope put Vale ahead seven minutes later when he rose highest to head in Vincent's left-wing cross from six yards. Pope then scored a majestic header into the top corner from substitute Kingsley James' right-wing cross before Bull spilled a fierce 30-yard shot from Vincent into the net in stoppage time.

Wycombe caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth, a former Vale player who received a standing ovation from the home fans before kick-off, felt the game turned on Kuffour's red card, saying: "I felt we would have got something out of the game if we had kept 11 men on the pitch. The sending off looked like a soft one, but referees have a difficult job and he's made his decision.

"We stuck to our plan in the first-half and we frustrated Vale. I don't think many teams have come here and done as well as we did for 45 minutes. It was always going to be a tough ask with 10 men on a pitch as big as this. Vale have also got a striker (Pope) who is in prime form and he's got the goals for them."

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