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Adams apologises for 'turkeys'

Port Vale boss Micky Adams jumped straight into an apology for his side's performance after their 3-0 defeat at MK Dons.

Dons were up and running as early as the fourth minute thanks to Stephen Gleeson's wonder strike and Ben Reeves made it 2-0 to the home side soon after.

Reeves then turned provider in the 31st minute for Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford to wrap the game up.

"We never got to grips with MK Dons but, having said that, the first two goals were from set pieces and avoidable," Adams said.

"We have to question the desire of the players to close the ball down.

"We didn't show up. Their movement caused us problems and we never got to grips with it.

"But we should have done. We've done enough work on the training ground. It's disappointing.

"I want to apologise to the fans for the performance. When we do turn up, we are a good side and when we don't, we're an average side. In this game, we were an average side.

"We looked like the last turkey in the shop on Christmas Eve. We can't dwell on this result.

"We've got a game on Thursday. It's not Boxing Day, it's Thursday.

"We'll be preparing every day, including Christmas Day. We were always coming in on Christmas Day. It's certainly not a punishment after this result."