Page not wor­ried af­ter Vale ‘win ugly’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

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.

STAR MAN SAM FO­LEY PortVale

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