Chal­lenge is now to stay top – Vale boss

DAG & RED ........2 PORT VALE ........3

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ed­ward Ge­orge

hop­ing we can deal with it but only time will tell if I am right.”

Pope gave the Valiants the per­fect start on four min­utes by head­ing in from close range – his 23rd goal in all com­pe­ti­tions this term – and five min­utes later MyrieWil­liams steamed through for the vis­i­tors’ sec­ond.

Wil­liams con­verted a penalty on 18 min­utes af­ter be­ing brought down by Liam Chil­vers be­fore Dodds net­ted his sev­enth league goal of the sea­son.

Doe nod­ded home a late goal for the vis­i­tors but it was scant con­so­la­tion for as­sis­tant man­ager Wayne Bur­nett.

“We got very close to get­ting some­thing out of that game but you can’t give a team like Port Vale a twogoal ad­van­tage and that’s what we did,” he said.

“We gave them two goals early on, we man­aged to get back in it with a penalty that I wasn’t sure was a penalty but we’ll take it but then we gift them an­other goal and it’s game over.

“In fair­ness their third goal was a ter­rific fin­ish but de­fen­sively we weren’t great, we made er­rors and you can’t af­ford to make er­rors – not at this level or any level.

“I felt in the sec­ond half we were bet­ter of­fen­sively, I thought we cre­ated a few more chances and we man­aged to get a goal back – we weren’t great but we were bet­ter.”

EARLY GOAL: Tom Pope

TOM POPE

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