Adams’ job up in the air at Port Vale

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Aran­deep Dhillon

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

S HABER

Crewe

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