Teenage de­fender im­presses boss Page

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Liam Cole­man

PORT VALE manager Rob Page sin­gled out teenager Ryan In­niss af­ter his side recorded back-to­back wins and clean sheets.

Page high­lighted the teenager’s abil­ity to cope with a pres­sured sit­u­a­tion and be­lieves his role was cru­cial to Port Vale claim­ing all three points.

The 6ft 5in cen­tral de­fender is on a month’s loan from Crys­tal Palace.

Page said: “For such a young lad he shows a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, and he’s not afraid to boss peo­ple about.

“On his first day he was telling peo­ple where he wanted them to be and where they should be play­ing.

“He is also a lovely lad and breath of fresh air and he’s def­i­nitely made a ma­jor im­pact and was cru­cial in an­other clean sheet to­day.”

Page started with an un­changed side and they re­warded their manager with their first back-to-back vic­to­ries since the end of De­cem­ber and their first con­sec­u­tive clean sheets since Fe­bru­ary last year.

Mark Mar­shall gave Port Vale an early lead on six min­utes when Tom Pope put the Ja­maican through one ver­sus one with Stephen By­wa­ter. Mar­shall’s shot ric­o­cheted off the goal­keeper and into the Don­caster goal.

A save from By­wa­ter on 16 min­utes de­nied Mar­shall a quick fire sec­ond as his first time shot whipped across the front of the goal.

Af­ter 39 min­utes Fred- eric Ve­seli ‘s low driven strike from 40 yards out skid­ded off the wet sur­face and un­der the body of By­wa­ter in the Don­caster goal to dou­ble Vale’s lead.

Don­caster piled on the pres­sure in the sec­ond half mak­ing at­tack­ing changes and bring­ing on Uche Ik­peazu, Curtis Main and Theo Robin­son but the Port Vale de­fence stood strong hold­ing off wave af­ter wave of Don­caster at­tacks.

In the closing min­utes By­ron Moore set­tled the game when he raced into the Don­caster penalty box, out­pac­ing Reece Wabara be­fore neatly tuck­ing the ball into the bot­tom right hand cor­ner from an acute an­gle to claim all three points for Port Vale.

De­feat meant Don­caster slipped out of their play-off po­si­tion but manager Paul Dickov wasn’t too dis­heart­ened by his sides de­feat: “We are dis­ap­pointed but it is im­por­tant we stick to­gether af­ter this per­for­mance.

“We win to­gether and we lose to­gether, but we’re still in a de­cent po­si­tion in the league ta­ble.

“Th­ese re­sults hap­pen ev­ery week, and to­day some of our play­ers weren’t at the level.

“We’ve just got to move on, we’re not go­ing to win ev­ery game but as long as we pick up points and get lit­tle runs go­ing then we will be okay.”


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