Valiant fight­back pays off for Page

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

A STATE­MENT of in­tent was how Rob Page saw Port Vale’s bril­liant se­cond-half come­back to stun strug­gling Peter­bor­ough United and re-in­vig­o­rate their play-off hopes.

Louis Dodds’ de­flected ef­fort won the points for the vis­i­tors af­ter JJ Hooper had glanced home fel­low­sub­sti­tute Ryan McGivern’s left-wing cross in a late dou­ble salvo.

By­ron Moore had pulled a goal back for the Valiants shortly af­ter the in­ter­val, who went be­hind to Jon Tay­lor’s vol­ley in­side 75 sec­onds and a first pro­fes­sional goal for Aaron Wil­liams.

Vale, un­beaten in four matches, are three points off the play-offs and Page be­lieves his side can make a late push for the top six.

He said:“I could not be any more proud of my play­ers.We dug in and we never gave up the fight to come out with the win.

“At half-time I was just frus­trated for them. I did not think that was a true re­flec­tion of what we are about. I knew we could im­prove by a great mar­gin and I did not think they could.

“We have given our­selves a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity now and we are go­ing into three games that we think are winnable.

“That’s made a state­ment. For us to come here and get the three points has shown our in­tent.”

A fifth straight home league loss for Posh seemed un­likely when they broke from a Vale cor­ner, lead­ing to a Harry Tof­folo cross which Tay­lor volleyed in from ten yards out.

Vale then lost cen­tre­half Ryan In­niss – who was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter land­ing awk­wardly and cough­ing up blood on the pitch – be­fore Wil­liams fired home at Chris Neal’s near post.

The vis­i­tors re­sponded well af­ter the break with Moore find­ing space in­side the area to score low into the net. Vale then squan­dered sev­eral ex­cel­lent chances be­fore Hooper headed in and Dodds con­verted Sam Kelly’s pass from ten yards out.

It’s now just one point in seven matches for Posh and boss Gra­ham West­ley ad­mit­ted: “If I was a fan of this foot­ball club right now I would be ham­mer­ing me, fum­ing that we are where we are, ask­ing how do you al­low a twogoal lead to slip?

“I would prob­a­bly be also re­al­is­ing we are go­ing through a mas­sive tran­si­tion. The one thing I would be say­ing is this – unity is the big­gest strength of all.

“At half-time we talked about dom­i­nat­ing the ball. The early goal re­ally put us on the back foot. They went into de­fence mode.

“There was a lit­tle bit of a ca­pit­u­la­tion when they equalised and we went on to lose the game.”

STAR MAN JJ HOOPE

R PortVale

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