Page not ready to read Vale riot act
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.”
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