‘Only a matter of time’ – Tranmere Rovers’ boss on win over Port Vale



Tranmere caretaker manager Ian Dawes felt his side could have got a result at Port Vale even against eleven men.

Goals from Kaiyne Woolery, on 93 minutes, and Kieron Morris, on 96, earned the visitors the win just as ten-man Vale were hanging on for the three points that would have taken them to fourth in the table.

Tom Conlon’s 16th-minute penalty and David Amoo’s 24th-minute strike from a well-worked corner had put Vale in command but the game changed when Luke Joyce was sent off for a late challenge seven minutes into the second half.

James Vaughan netted on 58 and 72 minutes to level but substitute Devante Rodney restored Vale’s lead three minutes later. That looked as though it might be enough until the late drama in the six minutes of added time.

Dawes told his club’s website: “I know it was a 4-3 game, but I was always calm about the side.

“Even at 2-0 down, I thought we played really well and were the team dominating possession and likely to score. We came unstuck with a penalty and a clever set-play. It was great play from them and something we weren’t aware of.

“At half-time, I said to the boys that we were the better team and we had to stay positive. I told them they would come through this with a result and it will be a point in the season where you go, ‘We didn’t half kick-on from there.’”

In fact, he felt his side were very much in the game before Joyce’s dismissal.

He said: “Some people may say the sending off changed the game but even if we had kept eleven men on the pitch, the way we were playing, it was only a matter of time before we broke them down.

“We knew that the next goal after half-time was going to be important: we got it and knew we had the momentum then. Credit to the boys for the character and effort in the team, it was outstanding.”





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