Gannon revels in Pope performance

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Port Vale manager Jim Gannon was delighted with the performance of Tom Pope in his side's 2-1 win over Bradford.

Vale eased into a 2-0 lead thanks to a second-half double from Pope before Tom Adeyemi reduced the deficit with six minutes remaining to set up a tense finish.

Gannon said: "Tom Pope is a very good finisher and if we put the balls in there for him to attack he will always score goals. He did brilliantly with his effort from Gary Roberts' cross in the first-half and he's kept persevering until he's got his goals."

He added: "There were a lot of signs that what we are doing on the training field is starting to pay dividends.

"I was very pleased with a lot of what we did in the first-half, but we just needed a bit more composure and make sure the final ball was better more often.

"Another plus was the performance of Lewis Haldane. He got his chance because of his efforts in training and I thought his running with the ball caused Bradford a lot of problems.

"We made hard work of it at the end when Bradford almost equalised, but I thought we were the better team overall and the three points were well deserved.''

Bradford manager Peter Taylor was left to rue his side's first-half performance.

Taylor said: "We looked nervous and lacked confidence in the first-half and then gave away two sloppy goals at the start of the second-half. We then livened up when we were 2-0 down, which is unacceptable because we should be lively when it's 0-0 to give ourselves a real chance of getting a result.

"Jake Speight did really well when he came on and he did everything he could to get us back into the game. He didn't have the best of service, but he caused Vale problems and gave me food for thought. I did think there was a hint of offside about Vale's second goal, but it stood and there is nothing we can do about it."

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Gary Roberts
Port Vale
Bradford City
Tom Adeyemi
Tom Pope
Jake Speight
Lewis Haldane
Gary Roberts
League Two

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