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Anyon slams Port Vale team-mates

Joe Anyon
Anyon has kept 16 clean sheets in 93 appearances for Port Vale

Goalkeeper Joe Anyon has launched a scathing attack on his Port Vale team-mates after their exit from the FA Cup against Macclesfield on Friday.

Anyon, 21, labelled the 3-1 defeat at Vale Park as "a disgrace".

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "I'm raging. I'm giving out information from the back and people seem to be ignoring me.

"I've gone in and told a few people what I think. The FA Cup is the best cup in the world, and for us to go out in that fashion is a disgrace."

After being questioned on the issue of communication with his defenders, Anyon said the lack of experience or understanding was not an excuse.

He said: "Does it matter? Does it heck? You can talk to someone on a football pitch, it's the basics.

"Whether Damo [Damien McCrory] has been away on international duty or not, he's come back in. It's the first time that Gareth Owen has played with him and they've got to talk to each other.

"All of us have to be leaders out there, but there's no communication there and it's so frustrating.

"When we do play well we score goals like that one [the equaliser from Louis Dodds] and we look class.

"I feel sorry for the fans, as well as the lads, because we're all in it together, but it's frustrating. You see the sloppy errors, you see the chances building up and there's nothing you can do about it."

Anyon says the season is far from over, with Vale in mid-table and well placed for an assault on the play-offs, but knows the team must improve significantly.

"We've got to concentrate on the league now, and we've got to get over this phobia of playing at home because our home record is woeful," he said.

"We play with freedom away from home, but we have to get back to basics. We've got to get it right because it's not good enough, full stop."

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Port Vale 1-3 Macclesfield
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27 Oct 08 |  Port Vale
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