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Micky Adams happy with Port Vale response

29 March 2014

Port Vale boss Micky Adams was pleased after his side bounced back from a midweek mauling at Bristol City with 1-1 draw at Stevenage.

Adams suffered abuse from some Vale fans after Tuesday night's 5-0 defeat to the Robins and said he would consider his future post-match at Ashton Gate.

But Tom Pope's goal, which was cancelled out by Peter Hartley's header, saw Vale return home with a point.

"We can feel good about ourselves after the disappointment of Bristol City on Tuesday night," said Adams.

"I thought we defended a lot better than I've seen for a while. We knew coming to Stevenage that we'd have to stand up and be counted.

"I think we had enough chances and got into enough areas to have caused them a few more problems. I'm pleased with the commitment of the side, we stood up to the physical bombardment that we got.

"We took the lead deservedly with a great goal. It was a great ball in from Birchy (Chris Birchall) and well finished by Pope.

"After that I felt we were on top of them, causing some problems. But I was disappointed that we've conceded another goal from a set-piece."

The most significant moment of a poor first half was Bira Dembele's raised elbow on Pope, which brought a yellow card for the Boro defender.

"I thought the referee had a major decision to make and I think he took the easy option," said Adams. "They took him off at half-time which tells you that it probably should have been a sending off."

Vale were ahead when Pope nodded home his 12th League One goal of the season after 48 minutes.

Hartley, who replaced Dembele, headed home Luke Freeman's free-kick to level the scores after 61 minutes but Boro remain bottom of the table.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley said: "It was another difficult afternoon in terms of conditions, the pitch was very uneven and the ball was bobbling around everywhere.

"The conditions were awkward so it was always going to level itself out I felt. It was difficult for either side to really get anything flowing and have any sustained pressure.

"(Pope's) was a very disappointing goal to concede from my perspective. The credit that the players deserve is for their reaction to the situation.

"They didn't feel sorry for themselves, they kept trying to play their football and we got an excellent goal from Peter Hartley to level things up.

"We knew going into the final eight games that we need to do better than we have in the previous eight games.

"I think that's two defeats in nine games now which on the whole isn't a bad recovery from the situation we were in."


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