"Two steps forward, one step back." Chris Wilder on Port Vale
There was no hiding the disappointment as Chris Wilder spoke to Yellow Player after last night’s 3-0 defeat at Port Vale. The United Manager saw his side well beaten by a strong Vale side, and afterwards Chris admitted that defeat was hard to take after recent improvements:
“It was two steps forward, one step back, there’s no getting away from it” Chris told Yellow Player. “For the first half an hour I thought we were well in the game but from then it was disappointing because we are miles better than that. It was doubly disappointing in front of the cameras, and in the last 20 minutes or so we looked sorry for ourselves. We are asking boys to do men’s jobs at the moment and are getting found out a little bit.
“We have to get ourselves going again now like we did a couple of weeks ago.”
It was the manner of the goals that went against his side that disappointed Chris the most:
“I think it is a pretty open league but we can’t afford to keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We did that again tonight by conceding some poor goals. It was a poacher’s goal for the first one, but the second was a really poor one from my point of view, and I think just the manner of the goals knocked the stuffing out of us.
“We started chasing a little bit, lost our shape and discipline a little bit, which you possibly do when you have young players out there, but they have got to learn quickly. They have to learn their jobs not just when we have the ball but when we haven’t.”
The one piece of light at the end of the tunnel was a second sub appearance from defender Andy Whing after injury.
“I was delighted to see Whingy back because I am sure he is the type of character that we need.” Chris confessed.
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