Danny Pugh’s verdict as Port Vale beat Grimsby 3-0 in his first game as boss



Port Vale interim manager Danny Pugh said the credit goes to his players after they marked his first game in charge with an emphatic 3-0 win at home to Grimsby.

Pugh is in control of first team affairs after John Askey and Dave Kevan lost their jobs on Monday with Vale on a run of six points from 12 league games.

But they were much better in seeing off struggling Grimsby thanks to Shaun Brisley’s eighth-minute strike, Devante Rodney’s 15th-minute header and Luke Waterfall’s own goal on the hour.

Pugh said: “All the credit goes to the players. They have put in a performance today that was outstanding, every single one of them.

“The players have been brilliant since I took over on Tuesday.”

Pugh made changes to the side as Tom Conlon was back after isolating and Dave Worrall and Cristian Montano were all fit enough to start.

So, he set up in a 4-4-2 with Tom Pope and Devante Rodney up front, Worrall and Alex Hurst out wide and Luke Joyce and Tom Conlon in central midfield.

He said: “I thought we looked solid. We can pass the ball better and keep possession better but I thought we looked solid as a team and compact and we restricted their chances.”

He added: “Wozzer (Worrall), Tom Conlon and Tom Pope came back into the team so they are three big players. I think that’s made a big difference, they are three big characters. But every single one of them from (Scott Brown) Browny through to Popey has been outstanding today.”

Rodney was taken off at half time as a precaution with a slight injury but Pugh was impressed with the way he an Pope linked up together.

He added: “They complement each other. I think they are very different players but I think they both have attributes that feed off each other. Devante was struggling a bit with a bit of a niggle but he has scored a great goal, they can work together.”

The Vale return to action on Tuesday when they are away to Sunderland in the Papa John’s Trophy.





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