Pete Tindall has provided this analysis of Vale’s weekend trip to Torquay United with Darren Purse almost obtaining a perfect score for his efforts.
Calvin Andrew to start and win the match? What! Are you serious (and where are we drinking after the match)?
Man of the match
A close call between Neal and Purse with the centre-half possibly just edging it.
Score: Torquay 0-1 Port Vale
Goals: Andrew (28)
Bookings: Purse, Burge
You could argue that he deserved a ten. Superb battling, disciplined, vocal and strong…
Neal : 8
Not a lot to do, but didn’t let us down when called upon.
McCombe : 7
He looks a lot like Chilvers and his style is similar: Solid and dependable, albeit a little slow.
Purse : 9
You could argue that he deserved a ten. Superb battling, disciplined, vocal and strong.
Duffy : 7
Pretty good once again.
Jones : 8
I’m getting used to him going forward at pace now. But this pitch didn’t suit his style.
Loft : 7
Not quite the best of “Loft will tear you apart” yet. It was his goal though (really)!
Myrie-Williams : 7
He had a couple of goal opportunities but spurned them.
Burge : 8
He was magnificent again. Showed no fear after a nasty gash on his bonce. It was never a booking.
Vincent : 4
His head is somewhere else. Not at the races.
Pope : 7
Work rate as we have come to expect. Not enough service to shine.
Andrew : 7
Came on and battled well. Big, tall, strong and reasonably quick. Scored (arguably).
Morsy (sub) : 8
Won everything and didn’t get booked.
Ref rating : 6
Some random decisions and took too much notice of their players’ gamesmanship to our detriment. Still, we won, so who cares?
Away support : 8
Those that made it were vocal and lifted the Vale. 679 is a bit lower than expected, mind.
Torquay night life : 10
A great place! ‘Nuff said.