Neil Lennon happy with Port Vale workout

Manager pleased to see a number of players involved from the off

Neil Lennon says Tuesday evening’s victory over Port Vale was an important step for a number of his players.

Wanderers ran out 2-1 winners at Vale Park thanks to Gary Madine’s brace.

The game also saw the first friendly action for Mark Davies since the pre-season outing against Paderborn, whilst Josh Vela and Liam Trotter both came through over an hour of football after respective niggling injuries.

“It’s another game under the belt, with no fresh injury worries,” the manager told after the game. “The likes of Mark Davies, Liam Trotter, Josh Vela all got more game time which was important.

“Mark probably needed that more, because he hasn’t played for us since the Paderborn game. 

“I thought there were some good aspects to our play, though the flow of the game was affected by a lot of substitutions in the second half. I was pleased with what I saw for the first hour or so.

“We played well, scored two very good goals and the win will always be good for confidence.

“We’ve got a number of good players to come back into the squad, whilst we’re also hopeful of tying up deals for Stephen Dobbie, Lawrie Wilson and Emile Heskey in the coming days.

“I’m happy with where we are at this stage. A lot of it is about the physical aspect of pre-season, so we’ll work on the more football-side of things during next week.”

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