Micky Adams influence brings out best in Gary Roberts

Port Vale midfielder Gary Roberts
Roberts has scored five of Vale's 19 goals in all competitions this season

Port Vale's goal-scoring midfielder Gary Roberts has praised the influence of boss Micky Adams, joking he is the only manager that can control him.

Roberts scored both goals in the 2-0 win at Plymouth on Saturday, taking his tally for the season to five.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "He [Adams] is the only manager that can control me so I think he gets the best out of me.

"He's just an honest man, he tells you how he thinks and if you don't like it, you can lump it."

He continued: "The manager said he's looking for me to get more goals from midfield. I've got to add that to my game and I'm doing that at the moment."

Roberts, who saw his contract at Rotherham terminated for off-field issues in April 2010, has rejuvenated his career since joining Vale at the start of last season and recently passed 50 appearances for the club.

Vale, who finished 11th last season, have started the campaign brightly and currently lie seventh in League Two with 11 points from seven matches.

"We've got ourselves back on track and now hopefully we can go on a winning run like we did last year and get ourselves in those play-off spots," said Roberts.

Meanwhile, Vale have confirmed that they will not appeal against the red card shown to striker Marc Richards at Plymouth, so the club captain will miss the next three matches because of suspension.

BBC Radio Stoke will have live commentary of Port Vale v Bradford on 94.6FM from 1945 BST on Tuesday, 13 September.