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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 April, 2003, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
Horton refuses to back down
Port Vale boss Brian Horton
Horton reacted to a fan's comments
Port Vale manager Brian Horton remained unrepentant after making a gesture towards a fan after their stunning 3-2 win at home to Northampton.

The boss responded after a supporter called for him to resign, despite them coming from behind to win with two goals in the dying minutes of the game.

Horton could find himself in trouble for his gesture which was seen by a large section of fans at Vale Park.

"I'm sorry to all the tremendous fans out there who are very loyal," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "My gesture was to one person not to the whole crowd.

"When we got that winner - and I know I shouldn't do it - but I can't help myself because I'm passionate and he's asking me to resign which I think is stupid and pathetic.

"We've lost one in seven, we've had a very, very hard time and I am still having a hard time.

"So I'll say to the crowd it was aimed at one person, not the majority and that's fact.

We've lost one out of seven and it's totally in our hands
Brian Horton

"I'm not going to resign, I love managing this club. I'm more passionate than him about it I'll tell you now - I'm passionate about this club so that's not acceptable."

It was a vital win for Vale, who are six points clear of the drop zone, with many of their relegation rivals picking up points.

Horton, who said 54 points should see them safe, was unhappy with the way his side squandered a 1-0 lead but praised the way they kept fighting to the end.

"We got punished for two sloppy goals and then we started to play when we went 2-1 down and it took two magnificent goals for us to win the game," he added.

"Credit to the players - they've come back and took six out of six. We've lost one out of seven and it's totally in our hands."

Port Vale boss Brian Horton
"I want to say I'm sorry to the fans"

Northampton boss Martin Wilkinson
"That just about sums up our season"



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