Vale 2-0 Oxford reaction: fans hail best performance for a long time

There is praise all round for the Vale side and management after the FA Cup win over Oxford United…

Players and management

“I thought it was the best performance since I have been manager. I couldn’t fault any of the players, I thought they were excellent. They thoroughly deserved to win and could possibly have scored more goals. But in terms of an all-round performance, I thought the players were excellent…”

Vale boss Neil Aspin

“Port Vale were 100 per cent up for the game. Their physicality was a problem for us in the game and we could not cope with it. I think it would be maybe better as a 1-0, but I think massive credit goes to Port Vale because they matched our play as much as they could and Pope was superb for them…

Oxford boss Pep Clotet

Views from the OVF forum

“Quite simply the best performance for a long long time. I could go on for ages but don’t have time right now. In short everything was right, Aspo knows what he’s doing – the complete inverse to Browny – and if we played like that every week we’d shoot up the League…”


“Last night I witnessed a revitalised talisman who totally destroyed the opposition in absolutely everything he did. Recently, because he has competent and willing players close to him, he’s become alive and when the ball is played correctly to him I have to admit he’s one of the most respected forwards the opposition fear now. Even in the second-half with an obvious injury he tore the Oxford team apart. I was very, very happy and proud to give him the standing ovation that performance and others recently fully deserved. Alongside a truly competitive and spirited performance from everyone last night I left the ground with a huge beaming smile and there were 3000 others too…”


“Tell you something I could listen to Aspo interviews all night, massively refreshing and honest, no cliches or excuses like Michael Brown. Seems to treat the players well with these little one to one meetings and having everyone behind him… if we’d signed him up in the summer who knows were we could have been now…”


“I couldn’t help thinking last night’s team performance had a very “Rudgy” feel to it. Anderson and Smith were as solid as Aspo and Deano. Kay was Goober, Pope was Foyle. It was an exceptional showing and 4/5-0 wouldn’t have flattered us…”


“A few grand in the bank, a cup draw to look forward to and surely confidence boosted by comfortably beating a full strength side in currently in the higher reaches of League One, all in all a most excellent night…”


“Great performance tonight against higher league opposition. We were on the money all match. Great performances throughout the team, Denton, Worrall, and Pope, but my man of the match Gunning, an awesome performance. Well done Vale onwards and upwards…”


“I thought as a defensive unit we were fantastic. Not only the back four but Pugh and Kay too. Also Denton and Worrall who dropped in and made us hard to break down. Oxford had a lot of the ball but created virtually nothing, contrast that with the chances we made and we could have scored five tonight…”


“Can we not play more matches on a Friday? Gets all the pain stress out of the way nice and early – no need to mess up your Saturday…”


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