1. Philip Myatt
    10th January 2021 @ 9:25 am

    Had a lovely walk at Trentham lakes so paid me tenner to watch about 12 mins into the game and noticed straight away more desire from the players than in recent weeks, winning the ball. Conlon did very well for the second goal, a brilliant goal after Popey put in Worrall the cross brilliant bullet header 2-0 then the game seemed to be you Grimsby have the ball. A dangerous game with how we defend at times but fair play to the lads they kept their shape and was unduly worried that a goal for them was coming.

    Hurst took off down the left like a racehorse ,brilliant player that lad and whipped in a great ball which was partially cleared to Montano who did brilliantly but goalie made a fantastic save .
    Then smith headed wide from resultant corner.

    Second half: cannot say I enjoyed it apart from the goal after a brilliant defence splitting pass from Burgess. I felt we lost our way and showed Grimsby too much respect .

    Great sat night for once so thanks to all involved .

    Pugh tactically made us harder to beat ok we got away with a few situations yesterday which on another day would result in goals for opposition but you have to remember we as a club were having a dreadful sequence of results so yesterday was 100 times better than what we have being subjected to .

    Tom Pope was excellent and showed that if partnered by someone what a fantastic team player he is

  2. Ian Clarke
    10th January 2021 @ 10:50 am

    Marked difference between the efforts at Mansfield compared to the performance against Grimsby. Fans can have different opinions on who should be the clubs next manager, but if we do well under Danny Pugh and the players tell Carol they want him as manager then surely our opinions count for little by comparison. John Rudge hadnt managed a club before he became Vale boss.

  3. Fred
    10th January 2021 @ 5:06 pm

    A good start for the caretaker but we must remember “one swallow does not a summer make” – let’s see how we stand next Saturday evening.

  4. Pete Morgan
    10th January 2021 @ 8:52 pm

    Agree about Tom Pope – he is a better player and Vale a better team with a runner alongside him. Worrall did what Worrall does but we need Gibbons back to shore up the defence and Manny back to add creativity to midfield. Still puzzled why we let Clarke go, but perhaps it had to happen to be able to get new blood in during the transfer window

  5. Ian Clarke
    11th January 2021 @ 10:22 am

    Players are sometimes let go for non footballing reasons.

  6. Phil Yeomans
    11th January 2021 @ 1:40 pm

    To see a 4-4-2 formation was pleasing to see particularly with Tom having Rodney alongside was a good pairing, to have Worrall, Montano and Conlon available for selection was also a bonus. I think for once we had a bit of luck with some defending but good to see the effort in the closing stages to ensure a clean sheet. Forest Green will present a good test on Saturday.

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