Adams worried as Posh romp
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.”
STOOP TO CONQUER: Kyle Vassell scores the second goal for Peterborough
OFF THE MARC: Marcus