Port Vale boss Micky Adams lauded striker Tom Pope as he became the quickest player in the club's history to score 20 goals in a season on the day Vale came out of administration.

Pope bagged a hat-trick to eclipse Wilf Kirkham's 86-year-old record by a single day, with his achievement coming just hours after the Alchemy Investment Group were handed the keys to Vale Park.

Adams said: "Wilf must have been one helluva player and Tom has shown he is as good as anyone in the league at this moment in time. He deserves all the plaudits he is going to get because he is working very hard for the team and he's reaping the rewards.

"Long may it continue because what he can't do is rest on his laurels. There is still a lot of hard work for us all to do.

"We took some criticism on Saturday after failing to beat York, but I wasn't worried and the boys have reacted magnificently. They showed a desire and determination to do well and I couldn't be more pleased with them.

"It's been a good day all round because we are all delighted the takeover has been completed. I've done my best over the past eight months to shelter the boys from what administration entails and today's news was great to hear."

Rovers' unhappy night was complete in the last minute when defender Tom Parkes was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle.

Rovers have now lost six of their last seven games and manager Mark McGhee said: "Too many of my players let us down and didn't compete well enough, particularly early in the game. Matt Lund was fantastic and Tom Parkes, Matt Gill and young substitute Alfie Santos did well, but none of the rest of them would get a pass-mark.

"The forwards didn't work hard enough to keep the ball up the pitch and that had a knock-on effect on our midfield players and then our defenders. We allowed Vale to get behind us far too easily and it just wasn't' good enough."

McGhee wasn't looking for an easy way out, but his team were seriously weakened by injuries and suspensions, with Parkes adding to the list, and he added: "Tom has gone off to hospital but it looks as though he has broken his ankle. We've had a catastrophic amount of injuries, but we will keep going."