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Everything posted by Rocky

  1. I've been positive since the start of the season with this side. I think the good has outweighed the bad in all three league games so far (Didn't concede any goals after being down to 10 men, creating chances, Jones' diagonal passes to Woz, Legge being an absolute beast I think he missed one header on Tuesday, Walker is solid) I think it's only a matter of time before we wallop a team. In both the Tranmere and Carlisle game we should have been 2-0 up inside the first 15 minutes. All of the issues we have (too many long balls, poor crosses into the box, poor passing) can be fixed in training. As much as I love Jones and I think he's been superb I do think too much goes through him. I felt on Tuesday that he saw too much of the ball and because of his long passes it meant Garrity and Pett were bypassed. If Conlon was playing that wouldn't happen. The work-rate is there, the only player that doesn't look fit is Benning. Also I think Garrity deserves some credit. He hasn't lit the pitch up in the two games he has played and at times I forgot he was on the pitch but that's more to do with the long balls over the top. I noticed him more on Tuesday and it's a tough position to fill and as much as he wasn't great, he wasn't awful either. He should have scored that header though. I honestly believe one goal will open the floodgates. Who do we think will get it? I'm going to say Walker on the 18 yard line, probably connected to a corner. There, I've said it, I've locked it in.
  2. As a player he would have been protected to a certain degree, I'm sure there were other instances that didn't get out. Now he's a manager, there is nobody to protect you, you're the one supposed to be leading by example. One of those players that if he didn't have the gift of being a footballer, would be in and out of prison refusing to reform.
  3. They did, but surely I don't need to educate you that games are 90 minutes in duration (Or 120 if you're playing Fleetwood). If we based games on the first 45 minutes, England would have won the Euros on Sunday. Your agenda is so strange, so negative, no balance at all to your opinions and I think you know this but you get a kick out of the reaction you get. It's just really sad to see. An odd outlook to have during an exciting time for the club, waiting and hoping for things to go wrong.
  4. I know, thats why I asked if you knew anyone who went to the Newcastle game... 🙄 And even if you weren't there, it isn't difficult to find out the difference in personnel from the game on Friday evening, to the one less than 24 hours later. I think the only player to feature in both games that has a good chance of being in the squad this coming season was Bailey who impressed me against Kidsgrove, showed a lot of energy, got stuck in and was rewarded with a goal.
  5. Any friends who support Newcastle Town that watched the game on Saturday? 4-0 up at half time of what will be bar maybe 1 player our starting lineup first game of the season. Stafford Rangers second half Vale line up was: Stone Chibaya Chale Sangre Osman Illori Clarke McDrmott McFarlane Bailey Okenla Weird how you've chosen to single out the game that had the much weakened side and didn't rebalance it by mentioning the Newcastle game. So weird...So, so weird.
  6. Another great signing from the team. This is an interesting one, could have stayed at Hartlepool, in the North East, close to home, from the supporter's reaction he was universally liked and was consistent but has chosen to come to Vale amongst competition. I know everyone has their personal choices of who they would have liked to have brought in, but you cannot fault this recruitment drive over the summer.
  7. Absolutely spot on. I think as amazing as Pope was, and he stuck by the club in our darkest days, its an indicator of how badly our club was run and because things were so bad he was elevated even higher. I'm not saying he doesn't deserve the legend status but we've been short on real quality for a long time. It's time for a new chapter, and to get out of this damn league for good.
  8. I think this is what a lot of people are missing with this signing. The team that Clarke has put together can score goals from defence right through to attack. Proctor looks like the type of player that will hold the ball up and give the time for others to link play in the final third. Scoring goals is what forwards do, but a lot do so much more than that.
  9. I know we need to move on from this but I wouldn't have offered a contract. The decision was made by a manager who is thinking with his head and not with his heart, as I suspect Vale fans in the main are. There is more than one reason Clarke has let him go and they are pretty big reasons too. You can't have a rebuild if you're going to keep people around for sentimentality. Clarke will have looked at his age, his fitness, the type of forward he is, his attitude, his wage, also I'm sure his influence over the dressing room too. We have been in need of something like this since Horton left. A proper fresh start and transfers where other clubs are envious of the players we have signed. This is the area of football where you need to be ruthless, you need to make the tough decisions, there is no room for niceties and sentimentality if it's standing in the way of success. I'm not taking away from the fact he was a fantastic servant for the club, but keeping him for next season is of the same mindset of where we have brought back ex-Vale players to manage because they are legends at the club. It's looking backwards rather than moving forward.
  10. Great to see the new signings on Saturday but Conlon was involved in nearly everything when he came on in the 2nd half. He looks like he is much more vocal too. Also it's one thing seeing we have signed 6' players but its another to actually see them on the pitch. A team of giants. Really looking forward to seeing them all line up together for the first time.
  11. When the signings started to come in a couple of weeks ago I said that it was new territory for Vale in the 21st Century that we were signing players that teams in our league were envious that they hadn't signed for them or wish they had stayed. The Benning signing is a huge indicator that the club can attract players who could play in the league above and he in particular is willing to stay in League 2 for one more season because he believes promotion is very viable. 12 months in any footballer's career is a big chunk and location will have played a part and pay etc and we don't know what terms were on offer but the fact that he has turned his back on League 1 football is pretty huge, especially as there is no guarantee he will gain that interest next season. 12 months is a long time in football, anything can happen. Again, I'm speculating against what else was on the table. I'm feeling positive that we are on the right track and that the club has never been this well organised before. Whether that will carry on to the pitch, we will have to wait and see. But we've wanted and needed this for years, deep searches on attributes and playing style, height, age, adaptability and a manager that has done this rebuild before. What's really important is we stop the pessimism until the results on the pitch curtail our optimism. We owe that to Clarke given the faith that previous managers have had that didn't deserve it. It feels like a very clear roadmap has been drawn and we need to get behind this new and exciting team until they give us a reason not to. Up the Vale!
  12. I cannot wait to see the film they put together of the signings this summer. It will be a long time before we see a rebuild like this again. To quote Martin Tyler "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again! So watch it, drink it in."
  13. I think the blonde In the middle is Jones. I'm sure a couple of weeks ago Walker was out for food with him and he put it on his instagram story and he was blonde. EDIT: Pretty certain it is. He's blonde on the signing photo.
  14. Have the squad numbers been confirmed other than Wilson's? As it looks like they are wearing them on their training gear and Conlon and Smith are wearing their numbers from last year. Legge is in 25 looks like Garrity has 20.
  15. A couple of the signings in recent weeks have said in their interview that the deal was done a couple of weeks before the reveal so they've kept a tight lid on the 5 so far. The only one that was rumoured was Wilson. I don't think anyone has said it would definitely happen tomorrow, more that it would make sense, especially as we don't have a keeper and there will be no keeper to model it which would be strange considering the lengths they've gone for this new kit launch.
  16. I understand why they are leaving it all until tomorrow. Announce the new strip with x amount of signings, excitement is at fever pitch, get down to the shop over the weekend, anyone on the fence about buying a season ticket will be swept up by the excitement. As frustrating as it is that we haven't had anything this week, it's only ramping up the anticipation. I'd rather one big announcement than multiple over this week personally. I might be in the minority though... EDIT: Joe B only saw your post after I had posted mine, pretty much said the same thing.
  17. I think they are going to announce a number of signings to coincide with the kit launch later this week.
  18. And as much as it is fun to speculate and discuss the manager's and DoF's decision to bring in a player and to criticise if it's someone they don't rate, that team of 3 will have pored over video and data to make the decision of bringing him in. This wasn't a last minute transfer dash to get over the line because another deal fell through. This feels calculated and highly assessed that he fits within the playing style that Clarke wants from his team. He doesn't strike me as a DM so no wonder he struggled, looks very much like a CM with lots of energy to chase and create. Of all of the signings, this is the one that has my interest the most and that I'll be watching closely on his debut and one that I hope is a success more than any other as I think/hope Oldham fans are wrong about him.
  19. I made the same point on here the day we signed him. He wasn't just used in a DM role either, he was moved about quite a bit either side of his injury.
  20. The fact that Clarke cleared out so many and kept Smith speaks volumes.
  21. Feels weird having clubs envious of our signings. It also feels new and very exciting. In the last 20 years it's rarely felt like the club have had a clear plan with such an aggressive approach, its always felt like a "he'll do" and we're only 4 signings deep. I hope the confidence and balance in these signings has a strong knock on effect to season ticket sales too.
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