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  1. Better window this time than signing a Spanish Sixth Division chancer off the back of a YouTube video....
  2. Not one for snap reactions so reserved my judgement until now. Last night was absolutely garbage. The lads who were left in the team from Saturday were knackered, and was probably a game to far for them. Now that's not to say that they are exempt from criticism, however I find it difficult to do so following a mammoth effort on Saturday. I get that it is difficult coming into a team after making changes, probably don't understand how difficult as I'm not a professional footballer, however there is no excuse for a lack of effort and endeavour. For example, Monty was clearly blowing, after all he had the job of shackling Bernardo Silva on Saturday, however he gave everything he had for the cause. One that did not in my opinion was Rhys Browne. I'd have thought that following a couple of great cameos from the bench he would be the one to get hold of this game and really stake a claim, but unfortunately he looked like he'd just lost a bet and the forfeit was to play! Totally disinterested and looked 2 yards off the pace for me, really poor effort. Atkinson and Conlon were industrious, both worked hard, but I have to agree that we really do lack impetus in the middle of park without the two young lads in there. Cullen tried manfully, but like Browne, looked 2 yards off the pace for me. Wouldn't get another contract. Bennett was poor, worked hard but an Scott Wiseman won't have many easier nights. If we can get another forward, he'd be transfer listed. Brisley got bullied by Rooney and Lloyd, who were both s**thouses, but were at the heart of everything good that Salford did. Poor. If JA didn't have his mind made up about one or two, I think that last night may well have helped his thinking.....onto Stevenage on Saturday! UTV!
  3. Agreed, nothing to fear for us at all in the northern section of the draw. In an ideal world, we'll get another home draw to give us the best opportunity of getting through. One more quick point, I've said before on EFLT threads that I am a regular at EFLT games, as I can't always make weekend fixtures work for me, and have been since the competition format changed. Now I think we can all agree that the format definitely changed for the worse, however its been particularly interesting for me to see how there is a slight change in how the competition is being viewed by Vale supporters this season. Another win in the trophy, a slightly increased gate on Tuesday and more money in the bank has raised interest, and once again this comes to real feel good factor around the place. The manager has used his squad well in these games and Vale have been rewarded with progress for players (Scott Burgess the stand out one, as his performance at Macc and a little injury luck for him propelled him into the first team picture) and in terms of finances (we've made c.£70k out of this so far this season). Momentum is key in football, and winning these games certainly doesn't hinder that in anyway. Personally, I'd love to see us try and win the competition! WEM-BER-LEY, WEM-BER-LEY.......... UTV!
  4. My team for this evening would be: Brown Atkinson Smith Brisley Evans Worrall Joyce Conlon Browne Cullen Bennett Experienced side, I think Rhys Browne and Tom Conlon could certainly benefit from having another 60 minutes in the tank, Cullen and Bennett will both need game time as they won't be getting in ahead of Pope after Saturday, maybe an argument for playing a few more regular players especially if Mansfield are going to make changes, to keep that all important momentum going! UTV!
  5. Echo a lot of the comments on here. In summary, so far so good. 10th in the table, ticking along nicely with the (joint) best home record in the division, is very much progress in my opinion. JA has done really well in giving us an identity, and is astute in being able to switch between 3-4 different systems. It's slightly annoying to hear the archaic "4-4-2 brigade" out in force at times,as I think we've done really well playing 4-3-3, the Forest Green game was a shining example of that, in my view what was our best performance of the season so far. It's all to give us protection for our back 4, to ensure we don't get over-run in midfield, and to ensure we have players free to press high up the pitch. What's been particularly pleasing for me is that, in reality, we appear to be stronger than we are on paper. Burgess and Taylor have been really nice surprises, and players who have come into the team in recent weeks have not looked out of place. Considering the amount of injuries we've had to cope with, I'm delighted with our form, with players still to come back into the team. I have a feeling we will be going into games with a really strong bench in the next week or two. Quickly on our identity, credit must also go to Dave Kevan and Danny Pugh, Kevan especially who seems to be an excellent coach, and a really important part of what we do day-to-day on the training pitch. The one concern is the number of hamstring injuries we have picked up early in the season, but must stress that Dave Kevan addressed this last week and the staff are looking at why we are picking these injuries up. Lots of work going on, on and off the pitch, great home form, our identity riddle finally solved (probably since the first time since Page, maybe back as far as Adams), 10th in the league, a definite work in progress and certainly lots to get excited about! UTV!
  6. James Gibbons for me so far, honourable mentions for Legge, Smith and Worrall.
  7. I thought Vale, in general, were very good last night. After a promising opening 20 minutes, Shrewsbury began to sit right on top of Evans and hence forced us deep. This of course prompted the change in shape second half, following the introduction of Jordan Archer, and it subsequently changed the game. From that point on there was only going to be one winner, Vale were excellent in a 4-2-3-1. Callum Evans was fantastic, decent in posession, kept us ticking along, energetic, tackled, worked like a Trojan. Cullen and Archer were very good when they got on, Archer in particular, a touch rough around the edges but looks as if there is a player in there and would be a nightmare to play against in that mood. Special mention for Kieran Kennedy, he was excellent (OG he couldn't really do anything about), he was calm in possession, good first touch, used the ball well and was disciplined, traits which seems to befit all of John Askey's summer signings. Good nights work against strong opposition, and another really good performance and result.
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