Page not ready to read Vale riot act

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Guy Clarke

PORT Vale man­ager Rob Page paid trib­ute to the char­ac­ter of his squad af­ter a few choice words at half-time saw them come from be­hind to beat Fleet­wood.

The Cod Army took a 10 lead into half-time af­ter Bobby Grant opened the scor­ing 14 min­utes in when he danced past three of the visi­tors’ de­fence be­fore curl­ing it past Jak Al­nwick.

Page de­cided to make a change at half-time with Uche Ik­peazu be­ing re­placed by Colin Daniel, the lat­ter net­ting the equaliser be­fore Sam Fo­ley’s penalty com­pleted the come­back.

“I chose my words quite care­fully at half­time and made it quite clear that that was a mil­lion miles from what we’re all about,” said Page.

“Thank­fully we had a re­ac­tion and the sec­ond half showed our char­ac­ter, which doesn’t sur­prise me.

“They’re an hon­est group of lads, a good group and showed char­ac­ter to come from be­hind and get the goal.

“Big Uche has been mag­nif­i­cent since he’s been in the build­ing, ev­ery­one is talk­ing about him and he’s a fans’ favourite and rightly so.

“He’s go­ing to cause havoc this sea­son but some­times it doesn’t quite go for you and it’s about the squad.

“Fair play to him, the first per­son who went to con­grat­u­late Colin Daniel on his per­for­mance was Uche Ik­peazu.”

Hav­ing taken the lead Fleet­wood had two good chances to ex­tend their lead on the stroke of half­time.

First Richard Wood had an ef­fort cleared on the line by An­thony Grant be­fore David Ball headed against the bar from close range af­ter Jamille Matt had flicked on a short cor­ner.

Af­ter the restart Matt looked to be brought down by sub­sti­tute Remie Streete on the edge of the area, mo­ments be­fore Daniel’s lev­eller. And Fleet­wood man­ager Graham Alexan­der be­lieves ref­eree Seb Stockbridge’s de­ci­sion not to award a free­kick or send Streete off was the game’s turn­ing point.

“It was a dis­grace­ful de­ci­sion, dis­grace­ful,” said Alexan­der.“The ref­eree is 15 yards away from it, the lines­man said his view was blocked, I’ve seen it again on DVD and it wasn’t, I knew that was the case.

“You can see it, Jamma has got the touch, the cen­tre half has taken him out. It’s a red card.

“I can’t ex­plain it, it’s a dis­grace­ful de­ci­sion.

“He should have been out of sight by half-time. We should have been two or three up, Port Vale were prob­a­bly happy to get in at 1-0 down.

“We’ve got to take our chances though so we can give our­selves a cush­ion and de­ci­sions like that don’t cost us.”


NY GRANT Fleetwo


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