Dave Kevan’s verdict as Port Vale drop two points against Scunthorpe in play-off race


Port Vale assistant manager Dave Kevan says the players have to get the disappointment of dropping two points out of their system as quickly as possible as they prepare for the final ten games of the season.

The Vale are back into the play-off spots after moving up a place to seventh with this afternoon’s 2-2 draw at home to Scunthorpe.

But they were on course for all three points before George Miller’s 90th-minute equaliser.

Mark Cullen had fired Vale into a 16th-minute lead. Alex Gilliead levelled against the run of play on 71 minutes, but Nathan Smith restored Vale’s lead seven minutes later before the last-gasp drama.

Kevan said: “”We felt in the first half we were in control of the game. We probably shaded that and maybe could have gone in further ahead than just the one.

“In the second half, we never really got going. But you expect to win the game at 2-1 up at home with a minute to play. So, I am very disappointed but we have to put it behind us as soon as we can and look to the next game. But at the moment it feels like a defeat.

Nathan Smith in action for Port Vale at home to Scunthorpe

 “They (the players) are disappointed. We all care, we all want to do the best we can for the football club and, in fairness to them, they have done and they will continue to do so for the rest of the season. But the overriding feeling at the moment is one of disappointment.”

Cullen’s opener was his eighth of the season, despite starting just 11 games.

Kevan added: “We were pleased again to see Mark get on the scoresheet. He possibly could have had another. I’ve not seen the one that was ruled out for offside, but I’m sure the officials have got that correct. But he’s capable of scoring goals and hopefully he will continue to do so for us.”

As for the overall performance, he said: “You always want complete performances but it doesn’t always work that way. In the second half we never really got going.

“Possibly we could have had the game done and dusted by half time, but credit to Scunthorpe, they stuck at it and will probably argue they deserved something at the end themselves.”

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