Latics can only manage a draw
Boss John Sheridan was noticably disappointed and told Latics World, "We didn't play well, and I could tell from the first five or ten minutes. We didn't really cause Port Vale any problems, and with no disrespect I thought they were there for the taking. They deserved a point and maybe could have even won it in the end. We should be winning games like that, but our performance didn't merit three points. As I've said before, I've been pleased with the way we've been playing against so called better teams, but we showed today why we play at this level. You can't just switch on and off and be a good player and a good team. We just weren't at the races and that disappoints me."
"We go one up and I'm thinking, especially at home, that we should get at them more but instead we sit back and take our foot off the pedal. For the goal, again people are switching off and not reacting to things where it could easily have been avoided. We didn't deserve to win the game, and I'm not happy at all because we need to win games as we're in a very tricky position."
"On that performance we need to improve all over the pitch. Today we weren't bright and we weren't at the game. I told them that we needed three points. We've got games coming up that we can win, but we're going to be fighting relegation if we play like that. I said that if we played like we did against Doncaster we would win the game, but we didn't play like that. I need people to improve and I need people to start fighting."