John Askey is backing his Port Vale side to react strongly after they were on the wrong end of an incredible game at home to Tranmere Rovers at Vale Park this afternoon.
Goals from Kaiyne Woolery, on 93 minutes, and Kieran Morris, on 96, earned the visitors a 4-3 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 drama in the six minutes of added time.
Askey felt his side were hard done to for the penalty decision against Leon Legge which gave Vaughan the chance to level at 2-2. He says that’s the third controversial penalty decision to go against his side this season.
He added: “For the second one, their player has kicked Leon Legge and he has given a penalty. We had it at Cambridge, we had a dubious one at Morecambe.
“When he sees it we will get another letter apologising but it is no good.”
However, the manager isn’t protesting about said the decision to red card Luke Joyce. He said: “I have no complaints. I thought it was high when he went into the challenge. You are always leaving yourself open if you do that, knowing what referees are like. You can’t go lunging in and obviously that changed the game.”
So, Vale drop a place to eighth with their second defeat to senior opposition in eight days, having been beaten 1-0 by King’s Lynn in the FA Cup.
The manager added: “It is disappointing but what we can take heart from is the effort the players showed. We went to 2-2 and could have completely collapsed, but got back in the game with a great header from Devante. It is just disappointing that, at the end, we didn’t get what we deserved.”
The manager is hoping his players won’t have a hangover from this game when they entertain Scunthorpe on Tuesday.
He said: “Hopefully they will feel there has been a bit of an injustice done and we will take that anger into Tuesday’s game. It is one game, we have to go again now and show people what we can do.”