Rob Fielding shares his thoughts after another dramatic defeat for the Valiants in League Two…
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Has John Askey run over a black cat or something? This is an awful run by the Valiant but goodness me, what bad luck they have suffered! To have a man dismissed two Saturdays in a row is one thing – to concede a losing goal in the closing seconds two Saturdays in a row is quite another. For all the criticism that will be coming the team’s way, it’s fair to say that luck is not on the team’s side at the moment.
Time for Harry?
It was a bit of a surprise not to see Harry McKirdy in the starting line-up after he’d impressed from the bench recently. That said, Devante Rodney put in an energetic display out wide replacing the injured David Amoo. However, after Tom Conlon’s injury perhaps it doesn’t have to come down to McKirdy versus Rodney on the flank. If Conlon is ruled out and with Danny Whitehead injured then what are the chances of Harry McKirdy coming in to play the “number ten” role in Vale’s next game?
It’s been an up and down season for the Valiants and it’s tricky to argue the case for any of the outfield players having been entirely consistent throughout the opening game. However, that can’t be said of goalkeeper Scott Brown. The veteran has pulled out astonishing saves in practically every game this season and Saturday was no exception. To me, he looks favourite for player of the year and was one player who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side against Newport.
Worrall back to his energetic best
Despite the despair at the final whistle, there were some positives from that Vale performance. For me, the most obvious was an energetic, skilful and pacy display from David Worrall. Last season’s player of the year has had an up and down start to this season but this performance was much more the Worrall we know and love. He caused the league leader’s defence all sorts of problems and on this form he can provide the service that will solve Vale’s scoring problems.