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Everything posted by Rocky

  1. I posted the day before the Sutton game that we will drop points, it's inevitable, it's these games (versus Barrow) that will indicate where we are as a team. I don't think the back line will have needed a rollicking from Clarke to feel any worse and I think they will be desperate to amend the errors from last week. There was a moment in the first half down the left where the Vale players were passing the ball around like they were playing 3 leagues higher. Our second goal was absolutely superb in the build up, players making space, knowing where they will make their run. But they scored and we panicked, an odd game looking back. Looking at Barrow's form, they've won 2 in their last 5, drew against Orient in their last game and it doesn't look like they've played/beaten anyone that will be up near the top come May. We should be beating these even on an average day. I haven't checked but I think we've had one of the hardest opening fixtures in the league. We've played every team in the top 7 spots (excluding us obviously)
  2. Vale have been poor at times but the referee has definitely helped Sutton win this,
  3. I've felt all afternoon, even at 2-0 up that the game has never been won, we've looked shaky. Oh well, time for another injury time winner.
  4. Thats a beauty Conlon. Absolute class.
  5. Garrity has scored in 3 consecutive away games. Could have done with it being in their net.
  6. Smith is very lucky that fell to the Sutton player. He's on a yellow and that could have easily been a second.
  7. I know, me too, I quoted the guy who said we would be 2nd if we win.
  8. Playing some of our best football this season here.
  9. Harrogate are winning 3-0. Even if we win we stay 3rd.
  10. I think we are improving on the possession side of things. I think against Orient we had 51 or 52%. The area we need to improve in the most is the chances we get in the first half of the game. In nearly every game this season we have missed sitters, at times already 1-0 up to have put the game out of reach. And then the second half starts and we are on the back foot, not sure if to defend the lead or go on the offensive. I’m sure they are working on it though.
  11. I'm not sure of it has been mentioned already in here and I don't know why it wasn't shown in the highlights but Lewis Cass' recovery when the Rochdale player was one on one with Stone and then blocked the shot was magnificent. It's in the extended highlights on iFollow at around 6 minutes 40 but this kid is really growing into his role. You could argue he got caught on the halfway line though. I think he came on against Rochdale in the league a few weeks ago and I thought he was poor but it must have been an off day as he has been fantastic since. He needs to slow down on his progress or we won't be able to afford to sign him 😂
  12. If he's going to win September, he might as well win October too. A great run of results after a predicted slow start and even though I'm not one to say I told you so, it's becoming harder and harder to quieten that voice in my head. It's going to be a bumpy ride this season but what the fans need to do is resist that temptation to be overly critical and press that big panic button when we drop points. If you can't get behind this team (manager included) after the last 4 league results and that feeling after the Orient game then I don't think Port Vale is for you. 10 games in and Clarke is fully justified in releasing the players during the summer.
  13. This happened to me, just the one foot though thankfully but an atrocious night of weather, the pitch held up well and I did think heading towards the ground that it could be called off. Hard game to judge considering how bad the conditions were but Stone stood out when needed. Made a great save with Cass doing his best to get back. There was a couple of times when Amoo put the ball in the box across the floor cutting it back to 8 yards out and there was nobody there, different to Saturday and I think that is what was missing, wasn't so much the final ball (I read that Clarke has them training putting the ball in areas in the box across the floor without looking to see if players are there), it was the player placement in the box but again, with the heavy rain and wind, it was a tough night to navigate. As much as people see the games as a bit pointless they can offer a nice cash injection for the club and as crazy as you think we are for going last night, spare a thought for the Rochdale fans who made the trip. Absolute bonkers, what's more dedicated than die hard? Fair play to them.
  14. Of all the strange comments you've made and refusal to concede you've backed the wrong horse, this is probably your strangest. When you go and watch a game, you always want to recognise the players? So that means that the players you recognise from last season, you never want them to leave? They can't retire? They've always got to play for the club until they die? That isn't how football works and it isn't something that should need explaining to you. Port Vale needed a change, we've had little success over the last 20 years and we have been owned by people that have fallen well short of expectations and what is required to be a stable football club. We are in such an incredible time right now as supporters, fortunately a lot of people know this, they can feel it. What is great about football is discovering new talent. When we signed Garrity, I was being battered on Twitter by Oldham fans because I pointed out he was their 4th best player last season in the squad. My point being, he can't be as bad as they are saying he is if he was better than around 17-18 others. I dug a little deeper and saw that he was played in different positions over the season and along with an injury struggled for a consistent start but I had faith that Clarke and Flitcroft wouldn't sign someone that is as poor as Oldham fans were saying. I'll be honest, I was rooting for him from Day 1 - more than any other new player, I was desperate for him to succeed. And when Conlon was injured and Clarke started him, it was one of those great moments watching your team, seeing a player take the opportunity and deliver, improve with every game and has that desire that every Vale fan will love you for. He's now scored 3 goals and won us 6 points so far this season. Come the end of the season, those 6 points could well be worth the fee we paid Blackpool for on its own. When the club is putting a run of results together, you don't resist, if you're a true supporter, you back them all the way. We've had many false dawns in Burslem over the last 20 years, and it's too early to say if this is the real deal but it looks like it and it feels like it and they have my support because it's been a long time since I've felt this good, supporting this club. Up the Vale. EDIT: I do also want to address your other mad points. You talk like Clarke released the players the day before the new season started. He released them within a week of last season finishing. They had all summer pretty much to find a new club and there was hints before the season ended that there would be a large number leaving. How much notice do players need? I can see now why you've not made it into football management. I can guarantee that if we finish below last season's position, you would use that to compare this season's players with last season's but because we have had a good start, you don't want to compare just yet. Your next point has made me think you're just trolling. Of all the scenarios you could choose as to why players would fall out, you went with a player fancying a team-mate's wife, causing a punch up in the car park. This looks like a fantasy - do you step in before a punch is thrown in your zebra costume and split them up saving the club and everyone cheers your name?
  15. If you're ever short on numbers I can step in. It would be good to have vale fans on as guests. You would have to vet them beforehand I imagine.
  16. I suppose on the flip-side of that, the difference this season is people weren't able to see the team play for over a year so it's kind of "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone"
  17. The 2 goals he has scored for us have both been of the memorable type rather than in the box tap ins. Is this because he isn't in the box often enough, although he has missed the odd close in sitter. Maybe he is the type of striker whose goals will mostly be decent strikes from outside the box. He's scored three for us now, hasn't he? Two in pre-season, his first was against Kidsgrove, I couldn't really see it from where I was in the ground but that one wasn't a tap in either from memory. The pressure these players are feeling is definitely all coming from the fans. Clarke has commented multiple times the hard work he puts in off the ball and chasing down through balls. I think he's a player that will be valuable further into the season, in games where it needs some magic, something special, he's the one that will be involved somewhere in the chain. My biggest concern (and it isn't huge) is his inability to complete 90 mins.
  18. Really happy with Saturday's performance. I also really liked the referee's leniency. There's an argument that he should have sent Diamond off sooner and with a surname like that, the ref should have known he was going to be rough and looking for blood.... I quite liked the way Vale handled this more physical team and I think Harrogate in their previous 2 games had come back from behind to win and even with 11 men in the first half they didn't look threatening at all. Clarke was critical of the second half performance but 2-0, they are missing a man - I think they were in two minds to protect the lead and keep a clean sheet rather than seek out more goals. I'm really getting good vibes from the team, the way they celebrate together. I noticed Proctor making efforts to play Wilson in rather than go on himself, almost like he wanted Wilson to score just as much as our number 9 did. There's room for improvement and I do want to defend Pett. He did give the ball away a few times on Saturday but stepping into the DM role in Walker's absence I thought he did a solid under the radar performance. As the games go on, players are now starting to cement their position in the starting lineup. I want to see more of Cass. I thought he was awful against Rochdale, mis-placed passes, players getting past him but he's had two great games since and I wonder if we were to buy him what figure Newcastle are expecting. Is there any doubt now that this squad is better than last year's? Other than maybe Stevenage, the teams we have played so far are all in the top half of the table (Just checked, Carlisle are 13th), we've taken all points from 2 teams in the top 3. I know it's hard for a lot of people at the moment financially but I'm hoping this run of results will also mean higher attendances too. We've benefited from a warm late summer but as the temperature starts to drop I hope these results can tempt another 1000 over the coming months.
  19. Can't fault the criticism. I am all for opposing views if people take the time to add context and detail. Vale seem to be fighting a battle for columns and airtime, and we have someone who is trying their best to elevate the club through his love for it. On a sidenote, I do have someone near me in the paddock who spends the game just shouting stuff out around him trying to be funny, it is excruciating at times, but I don't know if I'd have it any other way.
  20. I think if people listened to him on Ale and the Vale podcast they would change their opinion of him. Also commentary is very, very difficult and I genuinely admire his ability to pick out players in a busy area when he doesn't have the luxury of monitors and equipment to aid him. Sometimes he makes mistakes but he isn't a robot. I actually like that we have him doing commentary on our games and he won't please everyone but as he has said, don't make it personal. If you have criticism, make it constructive.
  21. But you said earlier in the thread if he made an impact in a game you'd be full of praise - he scored against Stevenage and didn't start the next game. So he can score, you will praise him but he's played badly so he's dropped, makes no sense. Clarke has said today that Rodney needs an arm around him, encouragement is key. This is why I've been saying hold off on the criticism and support him, I don't think it's that difficult to understand. It feels like you're digging your heels in now.
  22. For all we know it could be a managerial decision to draw fouls, set pieces into the box with how good Proctor is in the air, he was going down easy. Worrall took a knock early in the second half and Clarke had made all the allowed subs so he had to stay on the pitch but he couldn't get up the pitch as much which gave Rochdale's defence an easier ride, more numbers to suffocate Rodney. Also let's not forget, Rodney scored against Stevenage, doesn't start against Forest Green, doesn't start against Rochdale. Players need nurturing differently and he must be thinking "I've scored but I've lost my starting place.". This is where Clarke has to manage him the right way and say the right things to him but fans getting on his back at this stage will not help the situation.
  23. He has been singled out, this thread is a great example of it. And don't twist my words, nobody is saying the the fans are to blame and you know that isn't what is being said, very cute. We are supporters, if a player is having a bad spell we should be supporting and encouraging over the counterproductive singling out at the 6 league games in stage of which he hasn't even played every minute of those 6 league games.
  24. But if you're going to boo and single out a player after a few below-par performances, then you're probably not a supporter. There isn't much encouragement is there? Where is the support here??
  25. This is the point I was making, Ray. This lifts off the pages of FB group and forums and filters into the stands and before you know it, every tiny error he is being booed. It affects the player, their confidence and if we are supporters, shouldn't we be supporting him and wanting him to succeed instead of writing him off already?
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