Owen challenges Vale youngsters

18 February 2009 03:58
The average age of Vale's starting line-up was under 22 when they lost 2-0 to Brentford on Saturday - their sixth defeat in 10 League Two games.

However, Owen, 26, insists inexperience is not an excuse after winning promotion from League Two with Stockport last season.

"You do need a balance of experience and youth, but that also comes with the younger players stepping up to the plate," he told the Sentinel. "There is no other way around it."

"Stockport and Hereford went up last year and they had young lads playing for them.

"We can't just say we need a team of

30-year-olds in the squad and that will achieve success. Whoever plays in the team, we need plenty of legs and we need to be more organised."

Source: Team_Talk