In a new OVF feature, Pete Tindall reflects on Port Vale’s 3-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon, picking the key moments and rating the Vale players.
Apart from the weather? Before the game it was “will we bottle this?” After the game it was “can we dare to dream?”
Ref rating: 8
No one talked much about the ref and he mostly went unnoticed. Just how it should be.
Vale player ratings
Man of the match:
Ryan Burge had his best game in a Port Vale shirt.
Made a couple of good saves, distribution intelligent. Makes you feel safe.
A ‘Boom’ [John McCombe] lookalike doing all the usual Boom stuff.
He was calm and composed.
A contender for MOTM – belting runs forward, good crossing… what a signing!
Just like the reverse fixture he was a thorn in their side all night. Swapped sides to great effect.
A nuclear powered dynamo! This lad has a very bright future – hopefully with Vale.
Made an excellent partner to the “Burgermeister.”
Great goals. Let’s hope that confidence boost peps up his all round game.
First-half effort and work rate outstanding. A top drawer header.
Unselfishly drew defenders and made space for the team. Maybe an 8? but he’ll have to score for that mark!
Pete will provide further post-match analysis from Vale’s other matches between now and the end of the season.
Match: AFC Wimbledon (Home)
Scorers: Hughes, Vincent (2)