Port Vale’s Rob Page in ‘no panic’ ahead of Scunthorpe clash

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Port Vale boss Rob Page says he’s not worried ahead of a key week for the Valiants, starting with fellow strugglers Scunthorpe.

The Iron lie one place below Vale in 23rd place in League One, but Page believes both sides are in a false position.

Interim manager Page said: “It’s early in the season so it’s no panic if things don’t go our way.

“If you win your home games with the form that we’re in at home you can bounce straight up to mid-table.”

Like Port Vale, Scunthorpe have had a regime change with the experienced Mark Robins now at the helm, and Page says he is not taking the newly-promoted side lightly.

He said: “Under Mark they’re going to be a well organised, hard-working team.

“They’ve got quality throughout the team so its going to be an extremely tough game and one we can’t underestimate.”

The 2-0 defeat to Preston at Deepdale on Saturday left the Valiants languishing in the bottom four, but defender Adam Yates thinks a busy fixture list is great for the players.

He said: “Micky Adams always used to say that the good thing with football is that games come thick and fast.

“When the going’s good you don’t get too high and when it’s not so good you don’t get too low.”

The loss was another game which Vale ended with ten men. After Jordan Slew’s dismissal in their last game on the road, this time it was Stephane Zubar who saw red.

The on-loan defender was given his marching orders 11 minutes from time for an off-the-ball altercation with Preston’s Joe Garner.

Page said: “What surprised me was the time – 13 seconds from the incident to when the referee blew his whistle.

“It was the fourth official that made the decision and he said to me there was no punch thrown, so there’s a little bit of a grey area in what he was sent off for.”

Preston’s star forward Garner is getting known for going down easily, and Yates thinks he has done his reputation no good.

The full-back said: “Some of them I felt were fouls, some of them I felt weren’t. Did he make a meal of them? Yes he did.

“At the time I felt we were given nothing all game by the referee.”

See more of Rob Page’s though in the video below:

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