Page not worried after Vale ‘win ugly’
ROB Page says it was important his Port Vale side showed they can grind out results after they boosted their playoff hopes with a win over bottom club Colchester.
Goals from Theo Robinson and Sam Foley helped Vale move to within three points of the top six, after they collected seven points from a possible nine with victory over the U’s at Vale Park.
Page said: “Sometimes, it ain’t going to be pretty or go to plan. I thought we were nowhere near our best in the first half but I thought that was as good as they were going to get.
“We couldn’t have been any worse than we were in the first half but the good thing was that we had that onegoal advantage.
“You have to win ugly at times and mix it up and we certainly did that. I’m really pleased for Theo – every striker wants to score goals and he’s off the mark for us and Sam got better as the game wore on.”
Colchester manager Kevin Keen admitted his side made it hard for themselves conceding so early.
Keen said: “There wasn’t much between the two teams and I thought the first half was pretty even.We made a bit of a cock-up for the goal which was disappointing but after that I thought we just shaded it.
“I have to say though that in the second half, they were the better team.
“They’re one of the better teams we’ve come up against and they were a little bit better than us.
“To concede that early makes it very difficult, especially when you’re playing against a team like Port Vale who defensively, are very organised.”
Vale made a dream start in the ninth minute through Robinson, who curled a shot past Colchester keeper Elliot Parish from a tricky angle.
And Vale almost doubled their lead midway through the first half when Anthony Grant’s shot from the edge of the area flashed inches wide.
But the U’s produced a spirited firsthalf display andf Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal denied Darren Ambrose who also saw a downward header flash just wide. Vale came agonisingly close to doubling their advantage five minutes after half-time when Foley’s fine effort was brilliantly tipped onto a post by Parish.
And Colchester almost levelled soon after when substitute Elliot Lee’s low effort was well saved by Neal. But Vale made it 2-0 with 17 minutes remaining when Foley’s fine header from substitute Byron Moore’s excellent cross flew in off the underside of the crossbar.
Foley’s spectacular effort was saved by Parish late on, as Vale eased their way to another home victory.
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