‘Port Vale are a good team’ – Walsall boss on 2-2 draw


Walsall boss Darrell Clarke felt his side made life hard for themselves in their 2-2 draw at home to Port Vale.

The Saddlers twice had to come from behind against John Askey’s side before  the final whistle blew on an entertaining contest.

Elijah Adebayo levelled on 15 minutes, three minutes after Leon Legge powered home a free header, but Vale regained the lead through Scott Burgess’s deflected 36th-minute strike before former Stoke City academy striker Josh Gordon levelled on 58 minutes.

The result means the Vale are unbeaten in six games and Walsall unbeaten in four.

Clarke told the Express and Star: “In the first-half for me, there’s not a lot in the game.

“Defensively we were very poor and I wasn’t happy.

“Second-half I thought we played some outstanding football.

Port Vale boss John Askey with Walsall manager Darrell Clarke

“You won’t get too many pats on the back for a home draw from me.

“I thought we weren’t aggressive enough in the first half and paid them too much respect – switched off at a set piece again and they score a deflection, where we can do better.

“All of a sudden you’re chasing a game again at home and then the response is emphatic and we were really unlucky not to win the game in the end.

“But you can’t be sloppy like that.

“I think we’re moving in the right direction, don’t get me wrong.

“But you won’t see me too happy with a home point, certainly with the way we defended in the first-half.

“It was probably a good game to watch for the neutral. Port Vale are a good team, obviously that’s why they’re up there at the minute.”

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