Teenage defender impresses boss Page
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.”
STAR MAN MARK MARSH