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Micky Adams relieved after draw with Oldham Athletic

20 August 2014

Port Vale manager Micky Adams admitted his side "got out of jail" after they drew 1-1 at Oldham.

The result extended Vale's unbeaten start to the season, but Adams was relieved that his team withstood the pressure at Park.

Tom Pope headed the visitors in front after eight minutes, converting Ben Williamson's deep cross for his fifth goal of the season.

Oldham's Jonson Clarke-Harris was denied by a last-ditch clearance from Frederic Veseli, but the equaliser came in the 64th minute when a Mike Jones corner was headed home by James Wilson.

Vale went close when Michael O'Connor forced a good save from Oldham goalkeeper Paul Rachubka and Chris Lines headed against the crossbar.

At the other end, visiting keeper Sam Johnson did superbly to tip over Danny Philliskirk's glancing header in the dying minutes.

Adams said: "Oldham really got after us and, after their home defeat (against Leyton Orient) on Saturday, they came out all guns blazing.

"They gave us very little time on the ball. To a degree, I think we got out of jail.

"We had a couple of near misses, but there wasn't really enough quality in the final third.

"Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition. Oldham were young and eager and they stopped us getting many balls into the box.

"It was a difficult night, but the pleasing thing is that we ground out a point. Twelve months ago, I think we would have crumbled.

"We are undefeated in four league and cup games and I'm pleased to take four points from two away games in a week.

"We are a work in progress because we have eight new faces in the squad, but we need to get back to the standard we set at Doncaster on Saturday."

Oldham manager Lee Johnson was pleased with his side's performance as they bounced back well from a weekend defeat to Orient.

The Latics have yet to win this season, but Johnson said: "I thought it was excellent from us. We started bright and in my opinion we ran the game.

"We were playing a team who were flying and our crowd turned on us for a little spell, which isn't conducive to us doing well, but the players showed character.

"Port Vale had one shot in the entire first half and you can't give Tom Pope a chance like that because he's a foot and a half taller than everyone else.

"I'm disappointed it isn't three points, but I'm going home pleased because people could see what we are all about.

"If we'd had that extra bit of quality - which costs a lot of money - we would have come out as victors.

"We showed effort and lots of energy and we've set the standard now. We need to add that sparkle, but that performance is the base for us to crack on."

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