Adams’ job up in the air at Port Vale
PORT VALE manager Micky Adams fears he could get the sack if the club continue on their poor run of form.
George Ray and Vadaine Oliver fired the hosts into a 2-0 lead inside 19 minutes, and although Jordan Slew pulled one back, Crewe held on for their first points of the campaign as Vale crashed to their fourth successive league defeat.
Adams was left to rue the slow start by his men and admits solidarity within the group could be key after seeing his team slide into the relegation zone.
“We have lost the game early on and I am bitterly disappointed in the way we defended,” said Adams.“Every time the ball went into box from a set-piece we were vulnerable.
“It is really disappointing that we are on this run but what we have to do is remain together – that is a plea to the fans as well, we had great support here.
“I have got a good group of players who I have total faith in and they want a lift from somewhere.
“But I think it will change – the results will change or they will change the manager, I know the consequences of losing many more games.”
Victory has ensured some of the pressure has been relieved from Steve Davis, and the Crewe boss admitted that the win could spark a change in fortunes. Davis said:“I thought we dominated the first half and could have been more ahead than what we were.
“We sort of got them back into the game with the penalty.
“In the second half they upped the tempo but we stood firm and defended very well. I thought it was a great game and it is always nice to come out on top in these games.
“We needed a catalyst to get us going and I did say that beating our neighbours could do that – hopefully we can build on this and it is not a one-off.”
Ray put Crewe ahead when he turned home Marcus Haber's knockdown inside the area after six minutes.
Oliver doubled their lead 13 minutes later when skipper Matt Tootle’s inviting cross was met with a fine header past the helpless Chris Neal.
Vale regrouped and on the half-hour mark, Ray turned from hero to villain when his lacklustre challenge awarded Adams’ men with a penalty.
Slew stepped up but was prevented by a fine stop by Ben Garratt, though he kept his cool to side-foot home the rebound.
Vale desperately searched for an equaliser after the break and Slew should have done better from a low cross in the 64th minute before Moore had his late effort saved as Crewe held on.
STAR MAN MARCU