Michael Brown says Port Vale ‘have to pick up points away’

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Port Vale assistant manager Michael Brown has stated the need for his team’s away form to improve if they are to secure a top six finish this season.

Vale, who play away at bottom-placed Shrewsbury Town tomorrow, have had poor away form, winning only one away game this season in a 1-0 victory over MK Dons last month.

They started the season in flying form at home with five wins from their first five home games, propelling them into the Sky Bet League One play-off positions.

Speaking ahead of the Valiants’ trip to Shrewsbury, Brown said: “You have to pick up points away – certainly if you want to be in that top six.

“We will take this game and see where we are after Saturday.”

Vale will be looking to bounce back from a tough result in the week, where Oldham Athletic equalised deep into injury time to stop Vale coming away with three points.

Brown spoke of the cruelty involved whilst saying his side need to manage these games better.

He said: “We thought we had three points on Tuesday and then in the last second they were gone, that is how cruel the game can be.

“We didn’t play well, especially first half, but we came out and got our noses in front and it was just down to game management at the end of it.

“We had several breakaways that we could have done better with.

“It is just little things that we need to explain to the players and they need to keep learning.”

Port Vale will face Shrewsbury at 3pm tomorrow.

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