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Owen confident Vale will improve

Gareth Owen
Owen has been on loan at Port Vale since 25 November

Port Vale defender Gareth Owen is sure his side will end their poor run if they maintain the form they showed in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Chesterfield.

Vale, who have won just one of their last six League Two games, face Rotherham and Rochdale over Christmas.

And Owen told BBC Radio Stoke: "It doesn't take rocket science to show we need one hell of a run to get back into contention for the play-offs.

"But if we keep putting in performances like that then results will improve."

The game against the Spireites saw the 26-year-old make his fifth appearance for Vale since joining on loan from Stockport in November and, despite being a relative newcomer at the club, he took over the captain's armband following the sending-off of Marc Richards.

It was a proud moment for Owen, who explained: "It's an honour to be captain of any football team, and when the chance came I had no hesitation of taking it.

"I've been captain before at Stockport, and I hope the way we played in the second half was down to a little bit of organisation, so hopefully that will carry on for the future."

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see also
Port Vale 0-1 Chesterfield
20 Dec 08 |  League Two
Youngsters can take us up - Owen
09 Dec 08 |  Port Vale
Defender Owen joins Vale on loan
25 Nov 08 |  Port Vale

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