Colchester 1-1 Vale reaction: Fans say club are on the up under Aspin

Colchester 1-1 Vale reaction: Fans say club are on the up under Aspin

Port Vale fans say Neil Aspin is working wonders and praise the performance against Colchester United…

Match summary

Despite a sickness bug affecting the squad, Vale made it three league games unbeaten after Marcus Harness’ second goal for the club earned a 1-1 draw.

Players and management

“I thought in the second-half we were excellent against a good team, with some good players, and who are in form. I thought in the second-half we dominated the game, pushed Colchester back, and we fully deserved to get a goal. The players couldn’t do any more than they did today…”

Vale manager Neil Aspin

Views from the OVF forum

“That was a great performance and we could easily have won it. Their local radio guys were full of praise for Vale and said we were probably the best team they’d seen there all season. Four points from these last two away games have been the least Vale have deserved and have set up the Boxing Day visit of Coventry a treat. I hope the team’s efforts are rewarded with a good crowd and great support then.”


“Really good result that, well done all round from the players, manager and staff!”


“Happy with that point although we were close to getting all three. This team knows how to battle and all the credit must go to Neil Aspin and his staff.”


“As good as I’ve seen Vale play this season, excellent point.”


“Aspin hasn’t half put some belief in this side. Proper never say die attitude! ”


“Just back with plenty of time to think about the result driving home through the Essex countryside. The Vale played really well today, particularly the second half where it was us looking like the team playing for a promotion spot, and we deserved to win.

The first-half was very even and we started well with a good chance for Worrall in the first few minutes. At the back, the enforced changes seemed to have affected us a bit and Davis, to say the least, looked very wobbly at right back. But we held them well until the liner decided not to raise his flag for what looked a clear offside.

The second-half was a different story as we dominated play for long periods, had a Smith header cleared off the line, a Pope header onto the bar and a shot by Kay inches wide. Aspo’s genius substitutions really worked well with Pope and Barnett causing plenty of problems and Denton’s cross (probably his first touch) headed in by Harness who’d been moved in to the middle.

This was great team effort with the lads really supporting each other and closing down Colchester so quickly they had difficulty bringing any pattern to their play. Aspo’s given the credit to the players but he’s really transforming this bunch of previous no-hopers into a good side. On this showing, there’s only one way we’re going and that’s up the table.

Well done, Aspo and the lads…”

Cambridge Don

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