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  1. 10 minutes ago, robf said:

    It will be interesting to see who comes in if Proctor is unfit. One from Rodney, Amoo, Lloyd or Politic?

    I would guess Proc will be fit.  Didn’t look happy at being subbed on Saturday.  Just DC playing mind games in my opinion.

    Speaking of Rodders, what’s the word on him?  “Personal” reasons mentioned for his unavailability last weekend.  Anyone heard anything to suggest he’s available this?

  2. 1 hour ago, mattyboy said:

    Good luck to him

    Whilst the football, and indeed everything about Vale is better than under his tenure, and I certainly don't miss his media work, it must be galling for him to see what structure Darrel now works within when in his time everyone at the club seemed to be stretched over many roles.  Not saying it would have been better (in fact, probably not) but surely he'll look onto a DoF and all the backroom support and wonder what he might have achieved in the same set up.  (he was a bit old fashioned he might contrarily not have wanted to as well)

    Anyway - decent bloke, good luck to him and Telford


    Can’t disagree with any of this apart from the football.  Depends on how you look at it, but my own recollection is that at its best the football was better under Askey than we’ve seen so far under DC.  Obviously the flip of this is that we weren’t always at our best. 😬

  3. How anyone can be critical of Smith just now is beyond me.  Of the 3 current CB's he's by far the best out and out defender, despite not maybe being the tallest of the 3.  Jones and Cass don't even come close in this regard.  What those 2 players have, as we've seen, is more ability with the ball, Jones has a great pass on him whilst Cass carries the ball really well and can cross.  So what I think we have is a great blend with those 3 players and I don't think it's fair, on current form to be critical of any of them.

    That said, non of the 3 have the raw power and size of Legge, who must also be one of the best headers of a ball in this division.  Clarke recognised in his post match interview that it was a game that needed a Legge or Martin, but neither were available sadly.

    We've seen some big teams already this season but Sutton looked the biggest.  Not sure if this will be a continuing trend or if we've played all the big sides now, either way we've mainly held our own and if that continues we'll be in a good place.

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  4. On the subject of game management, one thing that did occur to me yesterday was why not, when under pressure at 3-2 up in a tiny ground, repeatedly deliberately smash the ball out of the ground?  Wastes a bit of time and, generally, gets a reaction from the crowd.  Best example I can give is away at Altrincham years ago in the cup.  Not that we we’re under any pressure there that day.

  5. 31 minutes ago, rob1983 said:

    At the end of the da you shouldn't be losing that <ovf censored> game. Poor. Sick of it. Little old port vale. Bad rank management of the situation.

    That's football.  Last week "little old Port Vale" snatched victory when it looked impossible.  Swings and roundabouts.  Bad management?  You could also say bad luck, bad ref, bad whatever you want but you've also got to give a bit of credit to the opposition for not giving up.  They stuck to their guns and had the rub of the green in the end.

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  6. 4 hours ago, Biddulph_PV said:

    You could have put your mortgage on this ending in defeat pre-match, all the classic Ingredients; MOTM curse and decent and expectant following to a smaller club.

    Just don’t understand why, irrespective of the tactics, players or managers, who always balls up games like this. Any trip to the likes of Rochdale, Macclesfield and now Sutton it seems always ends in disappointment.

    Why do we struggle against so-called physical sides. We do have more physicality in the squad, so why should this be an issue? 

    Why do we still struggle with balls into the box as @valefan16points out? 

    When you look at the team we had out on the pitch compared to Sutton it was quite clear who was the bigger side.  Without Legge we're pretty small at the back and the midfield isn't the biggest so it's always going to be tough against your Suttons.  It's very difficult to consistently win the ball, get it down on the deck and play your football against these teams, who're just looking to launch the ball at every opportunity rather than play the ball through you.  We managed to play some great stuff first half but not enough the second, certainly after Proctor went off.

  7. Some very valid points made and I think most of us have the same opinion.

    We just sat back second half and didn't put enough pressure on the ball, the irony being that whenever we went forward we looked like we could score.  They were bigger all over the park so it was inevitable they would get on the end of some of the numerous balls we allowed to be pumped into our box but their goals were far too easy.

    Amoo, Lloyd and Johnson actually made us worse.  What was wrong with trying Politic through the middle in place of Wilson?  The guy has a goal in him and a bit of physicality.

    The Matrix has gone with more cultured central defenders than we had previously, so, whilst it's great to see Jones pinging 40 yard diagonal balls to Wozz, the trade off is that we're lightweight in central defence and teams like Sutton are able to exploit this weakness, so I guess we'll have to accept that we'll see a few more games like today, perhaps until Legge is fit.

    Some of our play first half was outstanding it's just a shame that we dropped our standards second half.

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  8. On 04/10/2021 at 08:49, Santa said:

    Anything overly complicated like trying to show the time in seconds and the scoreboard crashes unfortunately. 

    That’s why we can’t have the potato men, they’re too intense.  That and, allegedly, the EFL banned them for potentially inciting crowd disorder.  No reason why we shouldn’t have the Ambulance though, or any of those other iconic cartoon graphics.

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  9. That winner was vital, not only for the result but for Proctor himself, having missed those earlier 2 chances, which looked like costing us all 3 points.  Full credit to the guy.  Tremendous finish, as was our equaliser.

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  10. The squad as a whole looks massively stronger than last season in my view. If only because some of the supposed lesser names have really excelled. Injuries battered us last year but hopefully a) we’ll have fewer injuries, and b) we’ll be better equipped if they happen.  All teams need a bit of luck on that score.

    You can see from results so far that we can compete at the very top end, and that’s whilst juggling with a couple of injuries and the suspension of Rodders.

    I’d still like to see some of the better chances we create being tucked away, to boost the goals for column if nothing else, but if we’re winning games that’s all that really matters.

  11. 3 hours ago, NellyTheValiant said:

    Maybe have to see how Garrity's injury pans out, hopefully precautionary yesterday but if he does miss a few games then Politic may get his chance.  I've not been too impressed with Jake Taylor when he's played, still looks a bit unfit to me.

    I’d be fairly sure Politic, normally an attacking wide player, wouldn’t come in as a straight swap for Garrity, we’d have to change the system.  He came on as a last ditch throw of the dice, pretty much an additional forward.  We won’t be that gung-ho at the start of a game.

    Jake Taylor did well I thought, picked the ball up and drove forward a few times and nicked the ball off their players a couple of times too.  The thing is they all need games to get fully fit.  Taylor is only just back to playing 90 minutes in the occasional reserve game so I’m not sure what you expect.  You could say the same about Gibbo, he’s a few weeks in front of Taylor but we still have to sub him off at the mo.

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  12. 18 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

    I agree. Think we have a chance with Politic but get a feeling that Newcastle are giving Cass an opportunity to get men's football and possibly won't sell yet.  Wouldn't surprise me next season to see him at a higher level ( hopefully with us ) 

    A ball playing centre half , I mean that cross for Proctor was inch perfect. He clearly is relishing game time and has licence to roam . 

    There's no harm Vale enquiring. If you don't ask you don't get. 

    Politic would have to be playing every week for him to sign with us.  As things stand we may not even see him beyond January.  Our starting lineup and formation is pretty much set in stone right now so it’s hard to see who he would dislodge.

  13. As other posters have have said, if we reproduce that first half performance and convert the chances we’ll batter somebody.  I think if Proctor scored his first chance we’d have taken Orient apart.  Often the it’s timing of goals which shape a game.

    I felt Orient stepped up the physicality second half and started to win far more of the second balls.  We lost a bit of physical presence when Garrity went off.  No disrespect to Taylor, who did well when he came on.  A midfield of Conlon, Pett and Taylor is a bit lightweight.  Smyth came on for them and made a big difference but the deflected goal was the turning point.  Up to that point, despite the pressure, they didn’t look like scoring to me.

    The subs swung the game back in our favour.  Taylor was busy, Amoo was excellent and deserves a lot of praise for his attitude and Politic, well what can you say.  The lad will remember his Vale debut for a very long time, that’s for sure.

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  14. Politic will get his chance, like most of the other players.  It’s a matter of if rather than when.

    The other talking point point is that he’s potentially competing with Hurst for a place.  As things stand these 2 players are only going to feature as subs, so do we try to develop Hurst by giving him some game time or develop someone else’s player?

    Have to admit I’m not a huge admirer of Hurst, but no doubting he’s got potential to improve, if given a chance.

  15. 4 hours ago, Doha said:

    Vale don't let people buy soft drinks without keeping the screw lid. What's the difference between a plastic cup of lager and the current plastic bottles of coke/fanta/etc/open cups of coffee, tea, bovril and hot chocolate currently allowed on the terraces? 

    The volume of liquid is different and I would guess folk typically down a cuppa or bottle of pop far quicker than a bottle/pint of beer/lager, but point taken.

  16. The problem I would have with it would be that if someone, who potentially could already have had a few jars, just happened to be taking a drink from their plastic glass just as Vale score, there would be a very real chance that their plastic glass and it’s contents would be going up in the air.  Other than that, the thought of me supping a nice Plum Porter as I watch the Mighty Vale smash some tinpot outfit for 6 is very appealing.  Equally, to add balance, the ability to down a double brandy, or 3, as we struggle in vain to draw level with some former non-league minnow, is a very comforting thought indeed.

  17. 4 hours ago, CambridgeDon said:

    Yes, we could have done with Leon for this one. Orient's centre forward is Harry Smith - 6' 5" with six goals in seven games this season. Not convinced by Martin's aerial ability so far, so it will be interesting to see what changes DC makes, if any. Our best chance will be to stop him getting any chances and closing down any service to him, which usually comes from Theo Archibald their 6'1" right winger - one for Gibbo and Jones methinks. Their other forward is Aaron Drinan who's also 6'1" and so far, think I'm right in saying their front three have scored 12 in 8 games.

    Going to be a tough old game - UTV! 

    We're facing players of this size every week nowadays.  That said, 6 goals in 7 games is not to be sniffed at.

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