Carl Dickinson: Port Vale defender wants to change opinions

Carl Dickinson
Port Vale defender Dickinson has made 80 appearances for the club since joining in 2013

Port Vale defender Carl Dickinson says he wants to prove himself to the fans after being the target of criticism during the Valiants' recent poor form.

The 27-year-old set up Tom Pope's winner at Walsall on Saturday, which ended a four-game run without victory.

"I wouldn't like to say it affects me, I think I'd just like to prove people wrong," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"If the fans think they've got something to say, then I keep my head down and keep working."

Rob Page's side find themselves 14th in a congested League One table, and are only four points off the play off places.

And despite being the subject of some of the criticism after a downturn in form, former Stoke defender Dickinson says supporters have the right to let players know their opinions.

"People work their backsides off all week and pay good money to come watch," added Dickinson.

"If they don't think you're doing well then they have every right to say so."