Date: 15th August 2012 at 11:33am
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The welcome distraction of some football came as a relief to all involved last night, although the Valiants` customary dismal record in the League Cup continued. Despite a much improved second half performance, championship side Burnley were ultimately too strong. An early Chris Shuker free kick provided the Vale with a sniff of an upset. However, three first half goals from the visitors all but ended the contest. Much of the hope over the summer has gone, with many questions remaining unanswered over Keith Ryder`s takeover of the club and who, if anyone, is waiting in the wings.

Micky Adams was left frustrated by his side`s defensive display during the first half. With Gareth Owen and Richard Duffy nearing full fitness, that is one area that can still be strengthened, despite the loss of Dave Artell to Northampton. The Vale boss told the The Sentinel “We gave a soft equaliser away and then young Joe made a mistake which cost us.

And the third goal – we just allowed their lad to walk straight through with nobody confronting him.

“We can take a lot of credit for our performance in the second half. We were a lot better and their keeper had to make some good saves. We were chasing the game and we looked much improved.”

Vale kick off their League Two campaign on Saturday at home to Barnet, who produced an impressive first half performance at Birmingham City last night, despite the final scoreline. The Bees have been somewhat of a bogey side for Vale over the last few seasons, with Jim Gannon`s memorable decision to field Ritchie Sutton and Exodus Geohaghon as a ‘defensive screen` during a drab goalless draw a particularly bleak memory.