John Askey’s verdict and injury latest as Port Vale lose 1-0 at Newport



Port Vale manager John Askey says results will turn for his side after losing in injury time with ten men for the second weekend in a row.

Substitute Kevin Ellison converted a 96th-minute corner to condemn Vale to a 1-0 defeat at leaders Newport, their third league defeat on the spin.

Vale had captain Leon Legge sent off on 68 minutes and couldn’t hold on – as happened last Saturday at home to Tranmere when they lost 4-3 having led 2-0 when Luke Joyce was sent off seven minutes into the second half.

The result completed a miserable week for Vale who also lost 1-0 at home to Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

Askey said: “Things just aren’t going for us at the moment.

“To get to seconds again to get a point when we have gone down to ten men is hard to take.

“The only thing we can take from it is the players are working as hard as they possibly can. We can’t knock them for the effort they are putting in.

“When you get down to ten men you are always susceptible to conceding. Sometimes it comes down to a little bit of luck. When you are seconds away and the ball just bounces up nicely for someone, from a poor corner, then you have to accept it and move on.

“As long as they keep showing me that kind of effort than I can’t say too much. Even from the corner, it’s not as though someone has made a real big mistake. It has just ricocheted off people and bounced up for him.

“As long as we can keep everyone together and keep going…but the disappointing thing is to have someone sent off again.”

Askey said discipline isn’t a problem, but losing two experienced players to red cards has hurt the side.

He said:  “I don’t think it’s anything major. If people are punching people and arguing with the referee then it’s a problem.

“Joycey’s was a poor decision going in for the tackle.

“Then Leon has swung recklessly at the ball. He should know better, that’s the disappointing thing. Once you have been booked then you are treading on thin ice.”

Vale are short of midfielders because Joyce has a game still to serve from a three-match ban, Danny Whitehead has a foot injury and Tom Conlon was forced off at half time today with an Achilles problem.

Askey added: “He’s had problems all season with his Achilles, but at the moment with having Joycey out, and Danny Whitehead is injured, we had no choice but to keep playing him. Today was one game too many for him.”

David Amoo missed the game as a precaution because of a hamstring problem. Tom Pope was also absent because he is isolating.





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