Adams wor­ried as Posh romp

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

MICKY Adams la­belled Port Vale’s next fix­ture at lo­cal ri­vals Crewe as do or die after his side suf­fered a fourth straight league loss with this de­feat at ta­ble-top­pers Peter­bor­ough.

Mar­cus Mad­di­son opened the scor­ing from 20 yards be­fore Kyle Vas­sell headed in un­marked after the break for Posh.

Jack Payne’s stun­ning 30yarder sealed the win be­fore Jor­dan Slew scored his first goal for Vale after sign­ing on loan from Black­burn Rovers.

“We kept the crowd quiet, but they have some de­cent play­ers and if you give them space they can hurt you,” said Adams, whose side face bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Crewe this Satur­day.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the goals we con­ceded and our de­fend­ing left a lit­tle to be de­sired.

“But we had our mo­ments. We were not un­der an enor­mous pres­sure and the crowd were quiet un­til their first goal.

“We are try­ing to sort out dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions in de­fence. We worked ex­tremely hard last week try­ing to put things right and we will go again.

“We have to scrape a win from some­where. When goals are fly­ing in against you it de­flates peo­ple. Next week sort of looks like a do or die for somebody. It’s a big game and is al­ways keenly fought.

“Jor­dan Slew was de­stroyed for a year or so. He’s been stuffed in the U21 side or not even get­ting games. “If we can get him fit and fir­ing he will be an as­set.”

Vale were given a 20th - minute warn­ing when Jon Tay­lor’s header sent Conor Wash­ing­ton through on goal, but the striker’s ef­fort was saved by re­called goal­keeper Chris Neal be­fore Luke James fired the re­bound over.

Mad­di­son scored his sec­ond goal for Posh in his sec­ond game for the club since join­ing from Gateshead when a throw-in from the right fell into his path and he hit a dip­ping shot into the far cor­ner.

Sub­sti­tute Vas­sell was left un­marked to head in Tay­lor’s free-kick for his fifth league goal of the sea­son be­fore Payne ri­fled in a sub­lime 30-yard strike.

Slew scored off the un­der­side of the bar late on, but it be­came five wins out of six for Dar­ren Fer­gu­son’s men who started with just one out­field player over the age of 22.

“It was a good per­for­mance. A dif­fi­cult game but I thought we had en­ergy and the qual­ity of our goals were out­stand­ing,” said Fer­gu­son, who gave dead­line-day sign­ing James a first start.

“It was im­por­tant after Tues­day's loss to win.

“Last sea­son I did not feel we re­sponded well to los­ing games but we have won after de­feats this sea­son which I feel sends out a good mes­sage.

“We looked at last sea­son and felt we needed some more width and we have ad­dressed that.

“One of the main things the chair­man and I wanted to do was strip it all down and go young.

“Young play­ers have some­thing to prove.

“Luke James had many clubs after him but he was adamant he was com­ing here be­cause of what we do with young play­ers.

“Mar­cus Mad­di­son is a very con­fi­dent boy. You think ‘can he do it straight away?’ But in his first train­ing ses­sion he was tak­ing play­ers on.

“The back­bone and foun­da­tions look good and the club is in a very good place at the mo­ment.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

STOOP TO CON­QUER: Kyle Vas­sell scores the sec­ond goal for Peter­bor­ough



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