Adams has led Vale unbeaten since late September
Port Vale boss Micky Adams is on the shortlist to become League Two manager of the month for October.
It comes after his side extended their unbeaten run to an impressive seven games. Victories over Shrewsbury Town and Crewe coupled with draws against table-toppers Bournemouth, third placed Dagenham & Redbridge and Cheltenham have pushed Vale up to 13th place in League Two. Adams’ men also saw off Stockport County in the Johnstone Paint Trophy.
The run comes after Adams controversially placed the whole squad on the transfer list, following Vale’s 3-1 defeat at Notts County in late September.
He would be the first Vale boss to win the award since Brian Horton was handed the gong back in March 2001. The three other candidates in the League Two category are Chesterfield’s John Sheridan, Rochdale’s Keith Hill, and former Stoke striker and current Burton manager Paul Peschisolido.
The winner will be announced on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show this weekend.
Gillingham made it three wins on the bounce, and moved up to fourth with a 1-0 win over Exeter. Adam Miller scored the only goal of the game, after earlier having one ruled out for offside. Exeter threatened in the first half, with Neil Saunders hitting the bar.
Miller scored the goal to push Gills up to 4th
Shrewsbury stuttered to victory against Darlington at the Prostar. Darlington, who were in third place, dropped to 8th after the defeat, a measure of how tight the league is at the moment. Richard Walker made it 2 in 2, scoring early on in a tight contest. Darlington had plenty of chances to get back into the game, but Luke Daniels was in inspired form to net an important win for the Shrews.
Elsewhere a penalty from Barry Conlon seven minutes into injury time snatched a point for Bradford. They had fallen 2-0 down to in-form Luton, Asa Hall glanced in a header and Sunday Wasiu tapped in from a free-kick. Paul McClaren pulled one back for the Bantams, before Dean Furman scored with a fine shot. Asa Hall looked to have secured all three points for the Hatters in the first minute of injury time, but Conlon rounded off an entertaining game at Kenilworth Road.
Saturday January 24 Results:
Accrington Stanley 1-1 Barnet
Bournemouth 3-1 Wycombe
Bury 2-1 Aldershot
Chesterfield 1-2 Morecambe
Dag & Red 3-2 Rochdale
Gillingham 1-0 Exeter
Grimsby 3-0 Rotherham
Lincoln City 1-1 Chester
Luton 3-3 Bradford
Macclesfield 2-0 Brentford
Notts County 4-2 Port Vale
Shrewsbury 1-0 Darlington
Gillingham made it two away wins in three days, and moved into the play-off places with a win at Port Vale on Tuesday night. Marc Richards put Vale 1-0 up but the Gills staged a second half come-back with goals from Denis Oli, Adam Miller, and a Simeon Jackson penalty.
Elsewhere, Exeter grabbed a priceless win at rivals Dag & Red. Craig McAllister scored twice as the Grecians leapfrogged the Daggers. And Aldershot fell further behind the pack with a 2-2 draw at home to Notts County.
Tuesday Jan 20 Results:
Aldershot 2-2 Notts County
Dag & Red 1-2 Exeter
Port Vale 1-3 Gillingham
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Saturday Jan 17 Results:
Aldershot 1-1 Macclesfield
Barnet 1-1 Dag & Red
Bradford 1-1 Accrington Stanley
Brentford 1-1 Notts County
Chester 1-3 Chesterfield
Darlington 5-1 Luton
Exeter 0-0 Bury
Morecambe 0-1 Gillingham
Port Vale 1-1 Shrewsbury
Rochdale 2-2 Lincoln City
Rotherham 1-0 Bournemouth
Wycombe 0-1 Grimsby
With so few League 2 sides involved in the cup, there were plenty of fixtures to look forward to. However with the cold snap already here, many of those games were called off.
Of the games that did take place, Wycombe continued their march, beating Bury 2-1. Matt Harrold scored again, hitting home a low cross from Lewis Spence. Angelo Balanta doubled the lead, poking home after Harrolds shot was spilled by the keeper. The Shakers grabbed a consolation in the last minute, when Mike Williamson – subject of a bid from Colchester United, put through his own net.
Elsewhere, Shrewsbury combated their horrific away form by grinding out a 0-0 draw at promotion rivals Bradford. The Shrews were on the backfoot for most of the first-half, with Barry Conlon going close with a tremendous long-range volley that hit the inside of the post. The second-half was a much more even affair, with Grant Holt spurning the Shrews best opportunity.
Dag & Red’s hot form was interupted at the Don Valley stadium by a late equaliser from Rotherham United. The Daggers, who have been on fire recently, went 1-0 up through a Matt Richie header. But a late equaliser – five minutes into injury time, from captain Ian Sharp, salvaged a point for the Millers.
Sat Jan 3 Results:
Bradford 0-0 Shrewsbury
Darlington 2-1 Bournemouth
Rochdale 3-1 Accrington Stanley
Rotherham 1-1 Dag & Red
Wycombe 2-1 Bury
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In a tight game at St James Park, two promotion hopefuls went head-to-head. It was the Bees of Brentford who came out on top, condemning surprise package Exeter to a home defeat.
It came courtesy of a controversial penalty – after a tackle from Exeter’s Rob Edwards, when it appeared that he had won the ball. It was dispatched with ease by Charlie MacDonald 14 minutes from time, and Sam Wood added another four minutes later.
It moves Brentford up to 2nd, after an impressive Christmas period, while Exeter remain in the play-off places.
Elsewhere, leaders Wycombe were held at Gillingham, thanks to a late equaliser from Curtis Weston. And Shrewsbury ended a poor-run of three successive defeats with a battling victory over high-flying Bury. Grant Holt – linked with a move away from the club in the January transfer window, nodded in expertly after Bury defender Efe Sodje had been sent off for an elbow earlier in the game.
And Dag & Red secured a massive win away to play-off chasing Aldershot. The win was slightly fortuitous – a late winner from Jon Nurse after Aldershot had missed chances themselves to win the game.
Sunday Dec 28 Results:
Accrington Stanley 3-1 Grimsby
Aldershot 1-2 Dag & Red
Bournemouth 0-2 Barnet
Bradford 4-0 Morecambe
Darlington 0-0 Chesterfield
Exeter 0-2 Brentford
Gillingham 1-1 Wycombe
Luton 3-2 Lincoln City
Macclesfield 3-1 Chester
Notts County 0-3 Rotherham
Port Vale 2-1 Rochdale
Shrewsbury 1-0 Bury
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Luton Town beat League 1 Colchester United at Kenilworth Road to book a place in the southern area final. Claude Gnakpa grabbed the goal, which was fortunately deflected off him past the Colchester keeper.
And they will face Brighton, who ground out a penalties victory against Shrewsbury Town. The Seagulls, who have been on a poor run of form in League 1, went to the Prostar stadium with a game plan to keep the Shrews under wraps. It certainly worked, as the game turned into a dour affair, with few chances of note. Brighton keeper John Sullivan was the hero, as he saved Grant Holt’s penalty to put his side through.
In the northern area, Rotherham beat Darlington on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Steve Foster put the Quakers ahead, but they were pegged back by Danny Harrison. Rotherham keeper Steven Cann saved two penalties to send the Millers through.
They will play League 1 high-flyers Scunthorpe United in the final.
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