Captain Marc Richards says building momentum is crucial

Marc Richards
Richards has six goals so far this season

Port Vale captain Marc Richards says that the team need to go on an unbeaten run, after suffering two defeats in their last three league matches.

Richards scored and missed a penalty in Vale's 2-1 defeat against Oxford and says that momentum is now crucial.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "I think we need to go on a run now where we pick up a couple of wins on the spin, instead of just winning and losing.

"It's vital now that we're able to pick up some consistency."

Richards is currently the club's top scorer with six goals so far this season, despite missing several games through injury and suspension.

The Vale captain had the chance to earn his team a point at the Kassam Stadium only to see his penalty well saved by home keeper Ryan Clarke late on.

He explained: "I couldn't have caught it any sweeter. I'm devastated to have missed - I've missed four penalties in my career and I think that keeper's saved two of them.

"We've got to pick ourselves up now. We've got a big game now against Swindon and we'll prepare as well as we can throughout the week."

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