Port Vale striker Tom Pope hails Rotherham game as best of career

Port Vale's Tom Pope believes his four-goal display against former club Rotherham on Saturday was the best performance of his career.

Pope, 27, who only netted six times in 59 games for the Millers, has already scored six goals for Vale this season.

"I have had a few decent performances and scored a few vital goals," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

Tom Pope's career stats

Tom Pope
Team Starts Subs Goals

Crewe (2006-2009)

38

26

17

Rotherham (2009-2011)

41

18

6

Port Vale (loan) (2011)

10

3

3

Port Vale (2011-present)

44

8

11

"But with it being against Rotherham, it's the best day of my footballing career so far."

He added: "I had a lot of stick from the Rotherham fans during my time there. I always struggled with injuries, which is something I had never done before.

"Rotherham never saw the best of me, so it was nice to score and let them know what they're missing out on."

Vale began the season in difficult circumstances, with administrators Begbies Traynor forced into agreeing new contracts with 17 members of the club's squad following the collapse of Keith Ryder's takeover.

However, the club have started the new campaign strongly on the pitch and are third in League Two, unbeaten in their last four league matches.

And Pope believes the spirit within their dressing room has helped the team perform well, despite the instability at the club.

"At the start of the season, we had the troubles and everybody was saying the squad was not good enough," said Pope.

"But we're starting to show the togetherness and work ethic we have got.

"It's exciting times and we're playing some great stuff. It's looking rosy at the minute but we are not going to get carried away."