Port Vale slipped to an awful away defeat at Chesterfield with away fans booing manager Michael Brown’s decisions.
Brown brought Ben Whitfield, Dan Turner and Billy Reeves into his starting eleven and in a game of poor quality, Vale had early chances through a succession of corners.
However, the home side took the lead on 38 minutes when Kristian Dennis found the target. It took just five minutes for Chesterfield when Hornby saved an effort well but Jordan Sinnott was able to score moments later. Sinnott’s gestures to the away support caused some upset with some fans being marched away from the Chesterfield player.
By now Vale fans’ frustrations were boiling over and wasn’t helped by a second-half of desperately poor quality. The Valiants created nearly nothing and fans booed Michael Brown when he opted to take off Whitfield and Turner in favour of Pyke and De Freitas.
Vale made a third change by introducing new signing Jack Stobbs and in the closing stages Vale had decent chances for Harness and Pope. There was more controversy with fans having a confrontation with Tyler Denton.
After that good away win to start the season, Vale have now lost three games in a row and with such poor performances, criticism from the fans and a game against rivals Crewe to follow, Michael Brown will now performances and results need to improve rapidly if he is to remain in the job.
Vale: Hornby, Wilson, Kay, Smith, Denton, Whitfield (De Freitas 62), Tonge, Reeves( Stobbs 79) , Harness, Turner ( Pyke 62), Pope
Attendance: 5,558 (833 away)