Daniel’s strike hands Page a welcome selection headache

Daniel’s strike hands Page a welcome selection headache

Colin Daniel is no doubt keen to lose his “super sub” tag as he once again came off the bench to turn Vale’s fortunes around against Fleetwood.

Daniel’s goal after coming on as a sub builds on other eye-catching performances last season which include – a last-minute winner over Gillingham and two more goals after coming off the bench (against Yeovil and Colchester).

However, the converted winger will point to the fact that this was no mere ten minute cameo. Daniel played the entire second-half and his introduction, at the expense of fans’ favourite Uche Ikpeazu turned out to be crucial.

The reserves have been doing well and everyone has been pushing to get into the starting eleven…

Daniel told the Sentinel that he wants to start games commenting: “It is frustrating [being on the bench] because everyone wants to play, but the team has been doing well. We had a good start to the season so you can’t really grumble.

“But we have had a couple of bad losses and the reserves have been doing well and everyone has been pushing to get into the starting eleven.

“If I am on the bench or starting, I will do my best when I get on the pitch.”

Now Rob Page has to decide whether to stick with Ikpeazu who had probably his most ineffective game in a Vale shirt on Saturday or risk bringing Daniel from the start.

It is at least one of those welcome selection dilemmas for a football manager and fans will only have to wait until Tuesday evening to find out which one Page opts for.