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About the author: A Port Vale fan since 1980, Rob Fielding created this website in 1996. Originally called "There's only one Vale fan in Bristol?" it became simply onevalefan or OVF for short. You can get updates on Twitter through the account @onevalefan


  1. Bob Norbury
    22nd December 2020 @ 12:09 pm

    You could be right but I would not be as drastic. Although Vale have been very weak in defence in recent times – allowing the opposition to seemingly pass the defenders as though they are not there and score some simple goals. I would play Smith at right back and bring in Brisley to accompany Legge in the middle. I would keep Fitzpatrick at left back but always at some stage of the match have Montano on the pitch. I think the other obvious problem is that Vale don’t seem to be trained up to play the full 90 minutes, and they are also vulnerable straight after scoring. I think the training has got to be looked at because the same problems seem to be happening time after time. It is wrong for me to have to say to my wife when Vale go 2-0 up “its not certain that we can preserve that lead they could get beat 3-2”. They shouldn-t try to always defend a lead but continue to play to score more goals and keep the opposition busy.

  2. Glenn Fowler
    22nd December 2020 @ 4:27 pm

    Would it ever to be possible that for instance when 2-0 up at Walsall that someone like Brisley should have been deployed at centre-half and Legge as sweeper for start of second half which it seems other teams do to the Vale like bullying tactics

  3. Tommy Tunstall
    22nd December 2020 @ 5:11 pm

    Would not disagree with the amended defence, it is not a bridge too far, the current defence needs a good shaking up. Just feel although we have not turned the year yet, Boxing day is a must win. Any other result points to a bleak season.

  4. Geoff Ainsworth
    22nd December 2020 @ 11:26 pm

    Yes, Smith at right-back isn’t a bad move, he has played their successfully before. So Brisley would come in as the other centre-half with Legge and leave Fitzpatrick at left-back. Oyleeke should come in in place of Joyce as we cannot afford to have non tackling midfielders in a central midfield position. I refer to Joyce as a non-tackling midfielder as every time I have seen him try to tackle this season he has always given away a foul or earned a yellow card or even a red and got himself sent off.

    23rd December 2020 @ 10:19 am

    No doubt about it Smith needs removing from the team and the club in my opinion.

    He is a fighter a warrior but let’s face it he is on many occasions this season out of position, uncommitted and just looks like a player going through the motions and you can see why no one else come in for him, sorry if that’s not what you want to be reading but it’s TRUE.

    So here is Crookes big chance hope he takes it, I feel he could well do.

    Legge is in most games terrific for Port Vale but he cannot be doing Smith’s job as well. OK, he’s maybe at fault for Sat goals but I ain’t watched it so I cannot comment on that but the games I watched is committed up for it and generally a 6/7 out of 10.

    Mills, well most of our good results have come when he is in the side. OK at fault for goal at home to Forest Green, like I say didn’t see sat but going forwards he is very decent but I suppose his defensive works not so good. But we are at home and as long as our central defenders block and do not give free headers and lose there man then he is assist going forwards.

    Brown’s out of form drop

  6. Billm
    23rd December 2020 @ 11:39 am

    Putting Smith at right back asking for trouble he couldn’t tackle his grammar. Tried Smith there last season he made their winger look an international.

  7. Geoff Ainsworth
    23rd December 2020 @ 6:50 pm

    Sorry but cannot agree with selecting Crookes in any position in our defence. His performances in the first two months of last season and same again for the first three months of this season proved that he is not good enough. Also why is everyone only criticising our back four when talking about our poor defending. surely all our midfielders should all be defending also? When watching the 2 or 3 matches on t/v at weekends any team that that is defending are always got 8 players back defending.

  8. PVFC
    27th December 2020 @ 12:30 pm

    Said it before Smith is no good and needs replacing not just for a few games but for good. Needs to be moved on. Defence has been awful for the last 5 years and he is the only one who has been a regular during that time. Don’t need to be s manager to work out where the problem lies.

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