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  1. Would Liverpool have won the league without Salah and Mane? Average Prem strikers don't get that many goals. But that's not because they were lucky, it's because their scouting and recruitment policy is excellent. Just like ours! For me, luck is when you get a dodgy pen or have a stonewaller not given against you. It's being the beneficiary of events which are nothing to do with your players. Scott Brown is the best keeper in League Two. The fact that we have got him to sign twice is not luck, it's just excellent recruitment.
    8 points
  2. There was a thread running stating Askey was a game away from being under real pressure. There were many more posts about Worrall needing to be dropped. He has always needed 5 or so games to get into his stride. Proven once again with 2 great performances, Saturday and tonight. Burgess another who is now finding his Rhythm who was to be banished. Great passionate performance by the players who bought us to the edge of success last year. Further to that, better back up players than we had last year. Fitzpatrick a clear example of what we now have in reserve and much improved on last year.
    8 points
  3. For those who criticise Vale,Oldham fans are very impressed with the Vale team,many stating they're the best team that they have played so far.Latics forum is the place for the praise.
    8 points
  4. The expectancy coming into this season is adding much unneeded pressure to a relatively steady start. Just seen this stat on Twitter: After Matchday 7 19/20: 9 points (W2 D3 L2) 8 For, 10 Against After Matchday 7 20/21: 10 points (W3 D1 L3) 6 For, 5 Against Before everyone goes to sleep tonight, just remember a season is played over 46 games, not 7. Stop with the overreactions and meltdowns. Give Askey and the lads time to replicate the dazzling performances of last season. They will come.
    8 points
  5. I like Askey and think he has done a good job since taking over and wouldn't want to judge him untill end of the season. However I think the last three games are worrying because in all three games we should have made formation changes after about 30 mins. Saturday it was obvious 442 wasn't working and the midfield was overwhelmed. The week before was the opposite after 30 mins we had so much of the ball could have easily go two up top and probably gone to an attacking 352. I think a higher league manager would have made changes during the matches and not let them drift in the way we have don
    8 points
  6. I’ve never understood why people slag Bowers off? He does his job well. He’s a Vale fan and passionate. What more do people want?
    7 points
  7. Some cold hard facts... I'm not putting forward a defence of Askey here, because I do think he is slow to make changes and we need a plan B. However, the fact are: After 7 games (3 short of the magic 10 we all normally say we will wait to judge a season... before ignoring that after a loss) - We have played 5 of the top 7 - 7 of the top 12 - None of the bottom half If you ignore the games the Vale have played (and take a PPG approach) in an attempt to only consider how good the opposition is and not factor in the question as to whether we are any good or not:
    7 points
  8. Sad to read in an article today that he has felt harshly thought of by some Vale fans who think of him as just some sort of lump who wins his fair share of headers and scores some tap ins. He's bang on when he states that his hold up play is excellent and it seems like this sort of player generally doesn't get the credit he deserves from some. It's the same thing with Troy Deeney, for just one example. I think people give him credit for the work he does for the team, but forget that he, like Tom, is actually a good player and does plenty of other things well. While Pope is never going to run
    7 points
  9. Great result today. The back five produced an absolute masterclass to restrict the most expensive attack in the league to very few clear-cut chances. Good to see Joyce and Conlon back, even though Tom had one of his quieter games. Whitehead looked a bit better than his dire showing last week. Still not convinced though. Wozza produced a decent display once again and who’d have thought he could jump that high! Monty was kept quiet, but there was no stopping that rocket; it really was a fantastic finish. I think Rodney needs a spell out of the side, he’s been poor now for a few weeks. Good
    7 points
  10. We have these threads criticising Pope regularly on here. Yes, we realise he's at the fag end of a magnificent Port Vale career and we know he missed a penalty last weekend but that should not detract from his outstanding part of our Club's history (as Bezza says) and without his goals we'd probably be playing non league football by now. If we give him the ball in the right areas he'll still score goals - as he did in our Cup run last year. The real problems we've had of late are not creating chances for the strikers and lacking a cutting edge and some creativity. He, nor Cullen, can scor
    7 points
  11. You’ve both got that wrong, I’m afraid. I’ve just found it in my back garden.... I live in Manchester. I think Askey told him to score in the Cerlisle goal and thought he meant Brunton Park.
    7 points
  12. Not sure why Fitzpatrick has been a bit of a scapegoat, even to the point that people want to see RCG in the side. Someone who’s done nothing for us and is totally unproven.
    7 points
  13. The thing is we are a club coming back from the back of oblivion. Everyone wants a return to the Glory days under JR. That is not going to happen. Small steps. Regain some respect move on up. That will do for me. Take some pleasure watching the games. Vale are our club. And our win today gives us more pleasure than any fake Prem fan could ever imagine. We are Vale because we love Vale. It is our family. It is our heritage. And we really care.
    6 points
  14. Burgess much better. Good cameo from Pope. Worrall better as he was against Oldham. Amoo not on the pitch second half. Don't start Robinson again.
    6 points
  15. A much needed 3 points today, it will keep some of the moaners on here quite for a bit! The first half was excellent. We could have had three or four in the first 20. Credit to Amoo, he was absolutely superb. It just shows how much we’ve missed his outlet down the right. The team performance in the first 45, is one of the best I’ve seen for a long, long time. I was relatively pleased with the second half, it was obviously not as good as the first, but we still looked pretty solid and never really looked like conceding a second. The only danger was from their corners, but we defende
    6 points
  16. He's got a busy day tomorrow. Washing Askeys car apparently. 😂
    6 points
  17. Player of the Year last year. Yes he struggled early this year but I thought he's been improving in the last couple of games. I just think some of the criticism has been a bit OTT. He always gives 100% and never hides. He set up Robinson for the winner at Scunny which made use a few bob. He set up Theo again for the first goal against Wigan. He set up Monty on Saturday for the winner against Salford. Three assists so far isn't bad for a bloke who apparently shouldn't be in the team.
    6 points
  18. I think what we have forgotten is he came in to a club where players were turning up drunk to training eating leftovers and he had 2 players banned for failing drug tests. Yes he's slow with his substitutions and he got the Carlisle game completely wrong but He's taken us from stale pies to promotion contenders in 2 seasons
    6 points
  19. I Do agree with Rob . Phil Bowers is. a true vale fan . And I do think. He says what he see’s . I do enjoy Listening to Phil . On Radio sJoke .
    6 points
  20. I'd disagree with that. I think every man and his dog except for VFIA and 007 has Gibbons and Smith in their starting 11, and that's only because one has doubts because they are stoke fans and the other has fullbacks he wants to advertise. As for Pope, he's not the player we used to have. Still a good option with plenty to offer, I don't want him to leave yet but we definitely need to prepare for life without him, hopefully Rodney down the centre may be that player. Obviously moments like the Man city goal spring to mind but I still maintain the opinion that I was more entertained by the
    6 points
  21. Oh dear!Can't believe this subject is getting so many negative posts.I will never slag off any of that Micky Adam's team that played for nowt, initially,then performed a bloody miracle getting promotion. Tom Pope included.
    6 points
  22. Hate posts like this. This is a forum. It is where football fans discuss football. Bore off
    6 points
  23. It’s a pity Pope isn’t as good as he thinks he is
    6 points
  24. There was absolutely no reason for Conlon especially to be dropped today. Not a single one. He's not going to be an 8 out of 10 every week. If he was he wouldn't be with us and playing in League Two. Today Askey tried to be clever and ended up looking like a bit of a simpleton.
    6 points
  25. Do you really think playing two in midfield and allowing Guy the freedom of the park as a result did not contribute to our defeat??
    6 points
  26. On Tuesday, he did tons of unsung work running channels etc to help out Robinson. Theo still had to find the net and deserves credit but I think Pope must be an excellent partner to have upfront. His passing is excellent too.
    6 points
  27. How many Tesco stores depend on corner shops to provide their staff? How many Tesco stores or restaurants have changed the rules of their businesses so that they can poach the best young staff from corner shops for next to nothing? Football, and the way it is currently organised in this country, is very different from other businesses. The top of the football pyramid depends on the strength of the layers of the pyramid below. As has been pointed out, even our international team has players who learned their trade in the lower divisions. Yet those lower divisions have been increasingly
    6 points
  28. Again very poor. Should really have been 0-0 but for the awful refereeing decision. But we are not creating anything at all and that's 2 weeks in a row we've been pretty dreadful. We ought to have shaken things up at half time and changed things drastically but we didn't and it was like watching paint dry. Never in a month of Sundays will that XI score us enough goals. Nothing from midfield and toothless up front. It's really frustrating for the second week in a row. 1/6 against teams we should be looking to beat if we want to achieve anything. What exactly is Pl
    6 points
  29. I think because I purchase presidents season ticket. I just wanted to support the club ! Did not expect anything just so happy to help us get through the difficult times.
    6 points
  30. I would have taken a draw not only before the game but also during long periods of it A few ropey moments defensively early in both halves but once we conceded there was only one team in it. We managed the game excellently, particularly in the later stages. It was Scott Burgess' best game in ages. Disappointed with Theo, I thought tonight was his chance to grab the shirt with both hands and he didn't take it.
    5 points
  31. With forty years of teaching in front of you, Sage? No thanks!!
    5 points
  32. I am just glad that Tyler's weekend hasn't been ruined. 😉
    5 points
  33. I guess this puts everything into some perspective, a tragic story of a bloke doing what we do week in week out and suffering the most cowardly life changing event that he’s now succumbed to. Thoughts with all at Cambridge United. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/grieving-wife-diy-sos-dad-22885053
    5 points
  34. Yes mate, my head is full of 'Magic' after seeing Vale lose away from home. I'm just not as wound up about it as you because I'm not off my head and looking for a scalp like you. And to answer all of your questions. 1) Yes I'm happy/non-plussed 2) Yes, open play goals will come - play generally has been pretty sharp (Rodney exeter, Cullen twice off the top of my head) 3) I think Worrall is a great player at this level and his work ethic is brilliant - I legit wouldnt put him lower or higher than about 8 other players in terms of form. 4) No Askey is a proven football manager an
    5 points
  35. Askey? Well, I know where we were when he arrived. I know where we've been for the last 6 or 7 years and I know I'm feeling better now than I was then. We haven't finished higher than our current 8th position for some time so I'm willing to assume that he knows better than I do. A full season needs the use of a full squad. He has procured one where we have genuine competition at every spot. That will pay off in February, March and April. We sill suffer through some tough games just like we have. So what! We are definitely going in the right direction. Get behind him.
    5 points
  36. Brown 8 two great saves loved his performance faultless Clark 8 galloping brilliant Legge 8 solid as a rock Smith 8 faultless Fitzpatrick 8 did anyone get past him.No tremendous Worrall 7 buzzed around set up the goal good combination play with Clark Joyce 7 dependable nothing flash but gets stuck in ,love this player Whitehead 7 kept having shots and miskicked after magical work by Clark at end of first half but kept having a go and that what we want . Conlon 7 buzzed around worked hard would have liked see him more on the ball though Rodne
    5 points
  37. Never a dull Moment being a Vale fan. Those last few minutes have aged me. Don't care how we do it all about the three points. The lack of creativity and strikers not scoring is a worry but we go again Tuesday. Clark was fantastic today and you can tell already he's much better then league 2 Scott Brown deserves a new contract , statue , keys to the city and free oatcakes for life. I love that man
    5 points
  38. For me: Brown Clark Legge Smith Monty Joyce Oyeleke Conlon Worrall Pope Rodney
    5 points
  39. I will hold my hand up and say I thought he'd named a really attacking formation and I welcomed it at 2pm. I also thought Whitehead had looked good before Saturday. I was a bit surprised at the dropping of Joyce and Conlon but I wondered if that was JA giving a "no-one is undroppable" message. But my reaction shows why I'm no football manager! For what it's worth... - Had Rodney's header or that penalty gone in it could have been a different story. I'm not blaming Pope - he's got nothing to prove after his years at the club - but those were the golden chances and either could h
    5 points
  40. The simple fact of the matter is that the players have not played well enough often enough so far. I think JA got it wrong today but nobody was moaning last season when we were flirting with the playoffs. We've kept the same players, and added one or two more to the squad, but we haven't clicked yet. Plus we've had a bit of bad luck with injuries. The main thing for me is that several of the players, no names, haven't individually hit the form that they showed last season. I think today John got suckered by the midweek performance, against a weak Wigan team, who I think with a full s
    5 points
  41. Good god that was awful. I like Askey a lot but he got it badly wrong today in terms of formation and personnel. Some truly dreadful individual performances- Whitehead, Burgess, Robinson, Crookes, Rodney (albeit out of position). Only players who came out of today with any credit today were Brown and Montano, and Conlon who did more in 25 mins than the other midfielders did all match. Back to basics next week. 4-3-3 with high pressing. That’s when we’ve been at our best.
    5 points
  42. Don’t really know where to start... I feared the worst when I saw the team. Worrall, Whitehead, Burgess and Rodney isn’t a midfield which is going to win you games, it’s as simple as that. I honestly question what was going through Askey’s head to drop Joyce and Conlon, who are arguably our two best midfielders. Rodney isn’t a LM, he isn’t disciplined enough and it completely kills his best attributes. I noticed on a number of occasions Rodney leaving Monty exposed by not tracking back. Worrall was better today, but still not as good as he can be. Whitehead is woeful. I felt sorry Burge
    5 points
  43. So we had two chances and only one on target. Does that not suggest that we didn’t create enough? They had 16 efforts on goal. Does that not suggest that our midfield was giving their’s far too much space??
    5 points
  44. That's the problem right there. Best player at the club
    5 points
  45. I think the ones who criticise Popey are in a small minority and he shouldn't take it too seriously.
    5 points
  46. Top marks to JA and team for this and, of course, to our owners who presumably have had to stump up the cash 😀. Let's hope we make Carlisle pay on Saturday!
    5 points
  47. Carol has been on Radio 5 live ,late last night and with Nicky Campbell this morning, discussing Vale and the lower league plight .She was tremendous and well received by the presenters. Well done for another great bit of common sense Carol.Also, for another brilliant PR job for the club.
    5 points


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