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Adams hails four-goal Pope

9 September 2012

Port Vale boss Micky Adams praised "awesome" striker Tom Pope after he scored four goals against his former club Rotherham to inspire a 6-2 victory.

Vale fan Pope only scored four league goals in 53 appearances during a dismal two years with the Millers spent in the shadow of the prolific Adam Le Fondre.

But he was in inspired form at Vale Park, netting four and being involved in goals for Louis Dodds and Ashley Vincent, with his former employers netting through Michael O'Connor and Daniel Nardiello's penalty.

Adams said: "Popey's been awesome all season and that's largely down to him. He's always had a questionable lifestyle and he likes a pint, like we all do.

"But he really knuckled down in pre-season when we got him as fit as possible and now he's reaping the rewards. He will get all the headlines and perhaps rightly so, but let's not forget this was a terrific all-round performance by the team.

"Our forward play in that first period was the best I've seen for a long time. They just couldn't cope with us and I suspect it was the best football the Vale fans have witnessed for ages.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans ordered his team in for a Sunday training session after telling the players they had let everyone at the club down.

He said: "The first half hour was as bad as we've been defensively. The back four and the two centre-midfield players were all over the place. We lacked the discipline to mark people and track runners and it was embarrassing. There could have been even more damage done before half-time.

"It was sloppy and wholly unacceptable so we will all be back on the training ground tomorrow (Sunday). They will all be set a worksheet and we will go through everything."

He added: "There are no excuses. The players have let themselves down, the club down and certainly the fans down. They have paid hard-earned money to come here and deserved much, much better than that."

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