Port Vale need to show strong mentality - Micky Adams

Port Vale manager Micky Adams
Adams takes his Port Vale team to Oxford United on Saturday

Micky Adams has urged Port Vale to show a stronger mentality in games where they are struggling for confidence.

The Vale manager was critical of the manner in which his team slipped to a 4-0 defeat to Morecambe on 22 October.

"Everybody makes mistakes. There's not a footballer born that hasn't made mistakes, but it's how you respond to the mistakes," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"You have to be mentally strong. A lot of players that are not mentally strong drop down the leagues very quickly."

Adams continued: "When you're having a bad time and your confidence is not there, you can't get your confidence back by hiding away from the ball.

"What you've got to do is get back on the ball, have as many touches as you can and gradually work your way through a crisis of confidence."

Vale responded positively from their heaviest defeat of the season by beating Bristol Rovers 3-0 on Tuesday, a result that lifted the club up to eighth in League Two and within two points of the automatic promotion places.

Meanwhile, Adams has praised Oxford manager Chris Wilder ahead of Vale's trip to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Wilder, 44, played under Adams at Brighton in 1999, starting 13 games for the Seagulls.

"When there's talk of young managers being promoted up the leagues, to the Championship and the Premier League, I think they should be looking at Chris Wilder," Adams said.

"I think he's one of their major assets and I would hope that the board of directors there would recognise that he's their number one asset."

BBC Radio Stoke will have full match commentary of Oxford United v Port Vale on 94.6FM from 1500 BST on Saturday, 29 October.