"It isn't ideal for Josh, or for us, because Kevin McNaughton is out with his hamstring but sometimes you have to make the best of it, and Josh is holding his own very well,"
The manager continued:
"We gave him the responsibility. He's a good athlete, he's good on the ball - better than what he showed at times against Huddersfield - but he's played consistently well since he came into the team."
Vela has been performing manfully in the absence of a more natural full back, with his youthful exuberance and energy bringing another option to Wanderers' attacking force.
The Salford-born Vela joined the club as a child, working his way through the ranks through to making his first team debut back under Owen Coyle in 2012.