Page and O’Connor praise Adam Yates in Port Vale’s 2-1 win at Barnsley

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Port Vale fans’ favourite Adam Yates was singled out for praise after returning from injury to lead the Valiants to victory at Barnsley.

It was Yates’ first start of the season in the 2-1 win at Oakwell.

And despite an error which led to the Barnsley goal, Page was full of praise for the 32-year-old right back.

Page said: “Their hard work at training makes my decisions easy to put them in.

“I had complete faith in him to do the job and he’s proved me right.”

Yates chipped in with an assist and teammate Michael O’Connor said his performance was “brilliant”.

O’Connor added: “You’re always going to get a 7 out of 10 minimum from him. He’s an experienced steady right back and always has been.

“If you want someone to call on to replace Purks (Ben Purkiss) he’s your man.

“He wont make any mistakes, I can’t call it a mistake, he was solid. He’s a great replacement to have.”

Yates was unhappy about losing his number two shirt earlier in the season to go on loan to Northampton Town.

But he has come back from injury to impress and will be hoping to keep his place in the side.

He replaced the injured Ben Purkiss, who is struggling with a back injury and faces a fitness test ahead of their FA Cup replay against Maidenhead on Thursday.

Watch manager Rob Page and midfielder Michael O’Connor in our video below:

(Additional reporting by Dan Bates)

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