The manager’s verdict
John Askey praised the character of his team as they condemned Salford to a first league defeat of the season in a hard-fought game at Vale Park.
Cristian Montano’s 86th- minute volley separated the teams, leaving Askey to reflect on a 1-0 victory that lifts his side to eighth.
Even if they hadn’t won, he would have been pleased with his team’s efforts as they responded to back to back 1-0 league defeats, at home to Carlisle and at Morecambe.
He said: “What I was pleased about was the determination they showed. They really battled hard. It is not easy when you have lost a couple, and also are playing against a really good team.”
Match stats and player ratings
PORT VALE 1 (Montano, 86)
PORT VALE 39%
PORT VALE 14 (7 on target)
SALFORD 14 (7 on target)
PORT VALE 6
PORT VALE 16
Supporters have their say
Port Vale saw off Salford 1-0 thanks to Cristian Montano’s strike on 86 minutes. Here’s what Vale supporters made of the performance…
PHIL SHERWIN: “This was a great result against one of the better teams, and we had to battle very hard for it.
“We had more chances in the first half, although they had the best with the penalty saved and then the incredible miss from the rebound. They also went close with James Wilson’s header, which Scott Brown saved, but we stuck in there and won it with a great goal, finished by Cristian Montano.
“We know he’s got the talent to do that, he’s done it before for us when he plays in those forward positions.
“Our defence was very strong again and Theo Robinson made a difference when he came on.
“So, onto Cambridge on Tuesday when it will be us, with the best defensive record in the league, against them with the best attack.”
ANDREW BLAKEMORE: “That was a very much needed three points. It didn’t matter how it came, I would have taken an own goal or a ball trickling over the line, we just had to win.
“The change of formation was obviously going to happen after how open Vale were last week. But as much as we had chances today it did feel like it would be another one of those afternoons in front of the goal.
“The chances came and went, then a Salford penalty that was all but going to cement this game, thankfully Ian Henderson’s penalty was so comfortable for Scott Brown, then the follow up would have nearly ended up in my seat in Bycars.”
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