Port Vale boss Andy Crosby heaped praise on hat-trick hero Ethan Chislett following his side’s 3-2 win at home to Wigan.
Chislett’s first two goals were cancelled out by the visitors but his third was enough to clinch victory and lift Vale above Wigan in the table to 15th.
Crosby said: “He’s a top player and credit goes to him because the finishes are great.
“He could’ve probably had a few more but it’s great for him, he hadn’t scored since August and now three in one game.
“We’ve tried to look at how we can improve his goalscoring ability. I showed him clips of all his goals over the past four years and he said it gave him a whole lot of confidence.”
The two first-half strikes looked to put the hosts out of sight, but a comeback from Wigan after the break squared things up.
Chislett’s incredible solo effort in the 82nd minute wrapped up the win.
“We do a lot of work on the opposition and how they press and how we can break through that press.
“You have to play through teams but then you also need to penetrate on the last line as well. It is important we get our wing-backs on the last line.
“When you find that rhythm and that connection receiving the ball in space then it can go on to affect the game.
“When the players came over after they got back into it, I just said ‘don’t look at the scoreboard or the time. just play the game’.
“We were still in control of the game at that point, even with our poor moments which we have to get better at.
“They’ve got really good attacking players and they should obviously have more points because of the deduction and the quality they have got.”
Latics boss Shaun Maloney was frustrated with his side’s first-half performance but gave his players credit for getting back into the game.
“Today we got hurt, and when our levels are slightly down in any game we can get hurt,” he said.
“We have to give Port Vale a lot of credit, they were very good.
“From my team’s point of view, we are not going to win games when we are like that, but the second half was everything and if we lose then that’s how we want to go out.
“The goal before half-time wasn’t the issue. If we had gone in at 1-0 it would have probably been unfair to Port Vale.
“They were miles ahead of us. I want to win every game, I think we have been on a really good run and this one hurts in particular.
“We needed the fans and they stayed with us. In the second half, we gave them everything and full credit to the players for that.
“I can accept getting beat with a performance like that in the second half.”
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