Pete T reviews the Oxford United game and ponders who, apart from Chris Neal, is guaranteed a start as Port Vale’s poor run continues.
Who else but Neal is nailed on to start? How will Thames Valley Plod treat us?
Man of the match:
Either Jones or Burge.
Little he could do about either goal and amazing penalty save off a decent strike from “Seany Rigg Rigg Rigg.”
Heads the ball out of the area he does.
Battling, energetic, well timed and disciplined tackles. Vocal. But at fault for their first goal?
Purse light? Gets forward OK, steady, but not his best display.
Despite a silly booking, had a good game. Pleasure to watch him bomb forward. Different class on the ball.
Superbly taken screamer, top work rate, but looked lost at times in midfield, just didn’t “click” into gear.
Some of the Vincent malaise rubbing off? Only two moments of brilliance. Mainly anonymous.
Another masterful display as we have come to expect. Like Lofty though: frustrated by an equally good Oxford midfield.
Worked hard but to what end? Very little service.
Got up and down the left wing a few times.
Put in a good shift. Frequently received the ball well under pressure, but then failed to turn his man.
Subbed on at 86′ Why? what was up with Burger?
Subbed on at 71′ made some effort.
As above but ineffective on the wing.
Ref rating : 7
Not afraid to get his cards out and got most things right.
Away support : 7
Great atmosphere in the first-half. Understandably; the singing died down towards the end.