Vale 0-3 Swindon reaction: Aspin’s first priority should be a decent keeper

Vale fans say the goalkeeping position should now be Neil Aspin’s top priority in January…

Players and management

“It was a really disappointing afternoon. I’m not going to offer any excuses. We were poor. All the good work that we’ve done to get three wins, I felt as if we threw that away today. We’ve let the supporters down…”

Vale boss Neil Aspin

“It backs up a really good week’s work. It’s backed up the continuing improvement of the group. We have kept another clean sheet and in the second half we dismantled a really good Port Vale team. For the lads to come onto the pitch and feel part of something is what we are trying to build as a football club…

Swindon boss David Flitcroft

Views from the OVF forum

“Goalie error – the Brown squad selection continues to haunt us. Five goalies and ALL rubbish. Aspo would be tearing his hair out if he had any…”

Cambridge Don

“This will give Aspin and the staff a good show of the players attitude and what they can do. It did not help losing the goalie the day before and only meeting up this morning…”


“I still can’t see why Boot is worse than these loan keepers…”


“Why on earth have we signed another **** keeper?”


“So disappointing. Aspo will have learned a lot today about his players and it’s back to the drawing board. First priority will be to find a decent goalie…”

Cambridge Don

“We have to sort the goalkeeping situation out in Jan, a quality keeper first and absolute priority, keep Lainton as back-up wrapped in cotton wool. This goalkeeping situation cannot be allowed to continue, it’s laughable…”


“It sounds ridiculous for a 0-3 but I thought we looked fairly solid, we were done by an incredibly generous free-kick which changed the game, a goalie error and a break. Poor up front admittedly, but we badly miss and Whitfield and Pope never had a kick against two big centre-backs…”


“Someone, earlier in this thread, questioned the wisdom of playing Pugh and Kay as defensive midfielders on a big Vale Park pitch. Well, that comment proved to be 100% valid. We had a back four (neither Gunning or Gibbons got forward to any extent) with Pugh and Kay sitting five yards in front of them. Worrall was hugging the right touchline and Montano the left. This left Pope on his own up front and Harness single-handedly batting against Swindon’s midfield. As a result Swindon dominated from start to finish and won at a canter…”

Tommy Mac

“Difficult to pick any positives from that shambles. It’s proved that nothing has really changed and we’re still hampered by Browns horrendous recruitment of poor players. A little disappointed with the formation and tactics today…”

Vital Spark

“Swindon looked like the best team to visit Vale Park this season. As many predicted, a midfield with Kay in it simply will not work at home, especially when Montana hugged the left touchline and Worrall had probably his worst game in a Vale shirt. Pope was totally dominated by the Swindon defenders and hardly won a ball all afternoon. And that is not a direct criticism of Pope but more of a praise for the defenders…”


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