In a new occasional series, we’ll be getting player ratings from the fans after selected Port Vale games. Rob Fielding was at the Brighton game and here are his views on the Vale players’ performances.
Player ratings versus Brighton
Chris Neal (7)
I’m a big fan of the keeper but as well as a number of fine saves, I reckon he was at fault for Brighton’s second and possibly even the third goals.
Jack Grimmer (8)
A number of surging runs showed his class. Frankly, he’s too good for League One…
Chris Robertson (7)
Scored a goal which is worth points but also struggled on the deck against classy opponents
Joe Davis (7)
The off heart-stopping back pass aside, he generally fitted in well at the back and his extra pace and passing skill was useful at times
Rob Taylor (6)
Was generally OK after his surprise selection, but sadly forced off at half-time.
Jennison Myrie-Williams (6)
As someone near me said – this just wasn’t his sort of game – though he did manfully track back and help out
Anthony Griffith (9) STAR MAN
On the other hand… this was Griff’s type of game. Committed, powerful and with the odd wonderously ambitious (and often awry) pass thrown in
Chris Lines (8)
A first-half surging run and a number of beautifully weighted passes showed his class despite the awful conditions
Doug Loft (8)
Another committed and all-action performance from the skipper
Gavin Tomlin (7)
Probably did more work in defence than attack. That works obviously helps Vale defence but it does mean we lack a cutting edge at times
Tom Pope (6)
A quiet game for the targetman who like Tomlin was increasingly drawn further and further back.
Adam Yates (6)
Got on with the job despite the relatively unfamiliar left-back role
Ben Williamson (6)
Injected some pace but didn’t really have any clear-cut chances to justify the “supersub” tag
Jordan Hugill (7)
Arguably had a better impact than Williamson with one goalmouth scramble almost resulting in a goal.
As seems to be the norm, pretty awful. A mixture of authoritarian (refusing treatment for Joe Davis, for instance), poor decisions (missing the foul for the penalty) and pettiness. Not great.