Brown’s in­flu­ence is pay­ing div­i­dends

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Philip Ben­netts

BEN Purkiss be­lieves Michael Brown can bring some English know-how to Port Vale af­ter the post-Bruno Ribeiro era started with a solid vic­tory.

Former Sh­effield United mid­fielder Brown took over as care­taker fol­low­ing the Box­ing Day res­ig­na­tion of Ribeiro, who had been on the job for just seven months.

And co-cap­tain Purkiss, hav­ing made his first ap­pear­ance since Oc­to­ber due to in­jury, is con­vinced Vale’s for­eign le­gion will come on leaps and bounds un­der Brown.

“I think what he’s got is ex­pe­ri­ence of the English game, he knows the league and he’s been at this level for a few years now,” said the 32-year-old de­fender.

“He knows the Cham­pi­onship and Pre­mier League very well, he has great knowl­edge, he has had a lit­tle bit of a say and Ned Kelly has come into the coach­ing staff to help him out.

“We played at a good in­ten­sity and his ap­point­ment might help some of the for­eign lads to un­der­stand the game.

“We showed ex­cel­lent en­deav­our, ex­cel­lent en­thu­si­asm with some re­ally good in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances.”

A minute’s ap­plause was paid to former cap­tain Matt Car­ragher be­fore kick-off, who lost his bat­tle with can­cer on Fri­day.

And the Valiants rose to the oc­ca­sion as Jerome Thomas’ sec­ond-half goal put paid to a win­less streak that had started on Novem­ber 12.

Thomas was in­volved in the best move of the first half too, as he com­bined with Rig­ino Ci­cilia, only for Ch­ester­field goal­keeper Ryan Ful­ton to deny the lat­ter at his near post.

The Spire­ites – who are mired in the rel­e­ga­tion zone – be­gan the sec­ond half in the as­cen­dancy but could not con­vert prom­ise to chances.

It was left for Thomas to some­what for­tu­itously break the dead­lock on the hour, as the for­ward’s cross-cumshot looped over Ful­ton.

And af­ter sub­sti­tute Rai Si­mons blazed over a golden chance to level, frus­trated Ch­ester­field boss Danny Wil­son pulled no punches.

“I’ve said it many times, I’m sick of re­peat­ing my­self too of­ten to cer­tain play­ers, they have to take a long hard look at them­selves by not win­ning this game,” he said.

“We’ve come here and we knew we had the abil­ity to cause them prob­lems and win the game .

“The way the game panned out we should have done and won it con­vinc­ingly as well, yet we lose 1-0 by a poxy de­flec­tion.”

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