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  1. Carry on this unbeaten run into next season, confidence builds success. Barrow pulling away from relegation danger in April at home with wins over Exeter and Newport, also a 2-2 draw with Carlisle , so no push over. Hoping for a more attacking line-up from the Vale, with a few changes due to injuries and testing options. Keep an eye on Quiqley their danger man, but most of all avoid a first ever double defeat by Barrow
  2. A free week to prepare for the visit to Carlisle, game one of the Cumbrian tour including Barrow. Also a chance to view their Tuesday game at Newport. Will they have swapped PO places with the Exiles? I think DC would love to make it 7 wins on the trot, first since 1893 in the original Div 2, a few changes may be unavoidable but should not be disruptive. So, Fearless Vale on the road , a single goal will do at our hardest game left this season. Day and time to be confirmed to suit Royal Funeral.
  3. Onwards and Upwards, 6 wins on the trot? Morecambe stand in our way. Contenders for promotion, Playoffs just an improbable dream for us, but top 10 within our grasp? Another stiff test of our potential, at least the open spaces of Vale Park will be to our advantage, show them what we are made of Vale, 2-0 will keep up rising.
  4. A day of firsts, Vale`s first league visit to Harrogate, first league goal there, first league win there, officiated by Rebecca Welch first female referee selected for an English Football League game. Harrogate 15th 4 games without a win, Vale 16th four wins on the trot, 2 points apart. Let us make it 5 wins Vale, leap above them, on the way to an impossible dream. Pity SVA are not there to tell it to Yorkshire.
  5. Friday afternoon will be a return to Vale Park after 2 away wins, a chance to measure our recent improvement against an Exeter team looking to make it 4 out of 5 PO seasons. The Grecians have broken a run of 3 defeats with a 1-0 win over Salford. Thus a tight game is in prospect. Hopefully Monty`s `s knock is not serious, maybe more players back from injury? Keep the run going Vale, set the standard for next season. A 2-0 repeat of the early season away victory would be great.
  6. After last night`s great win over Newport 4th from the top we travel to Colchester 4th from the bottom. A 6 pointer, and an opportunity to build a run and climb from the abyss. After having waited for a DC win another win will surely come along? Robbo`s first goal for the Vale was against Colchester in his first spell in March 2016, maybe another in his second spell having scored 11 for Colchester last season he should know where their net is. A run in the team and DC`s magic who knows. Hoping no injuries were incurred, leaving the team to DC, and a win to whoever is selected to give a great
  7. Onwards and Upwards, off to a Crawley with 4 wins and then a draw against Walsall in their last 5 home games. Then a loss at Barrow, a further long trip to Carlisle on Tuesday, and the pressure of keeping in touch with the POs , will they be nervous and unable to keep us from scoring? Whereas after our winning long trip to Colchester we have a week to recover, tune, and plan for the game. Hopefully no injuries, maybe the odd tactical change. Happy with a point, delighted with three.
  8. Here we go again, this week`s leaders on a good run. Injuries continue to mount, but little sign of any recoveries. Plenty of sweat and tears but few goals to enjoy. What can we expect? Most fit players have been viewed and options explored, time to take small chances in attack? Maybe a tight game will go our way for a change? Lets make it a Festival.
  9. The visit of yet another Top 7 team, 3 wins on the trot after a slight stutter. Used to playing on a rugby pitch so should be fairly fit. As injuries mount again and goals remain elusive, a crucial week with also the visit to Colchester will require a change of fortune to steady many nerves. Are we likely to be looking for more than one point against Newport?
  10. Play against the Trotters as we attacked against the Latics and have the chance of a half dozen? No doubt they will arrive basking in their Play-Off position, thirsting for revenge for the previous 6 conceded. Last time they had won 4 games on the trot, this time 8 wins and 2 draws in the last 10 games. Thus a very tough game, any chance of a cameo from Monty, extra ideas from Crosby showing us the way to the net?
  11. Welcome to a Cambridge smarting after a home defeat by Cheltenham. Anyone but Pope and Scott not appeared for Clarke yet? Any chance an attacking formation could arise from the mix? I suppose a 0-0 would be welcome against the leaders, at least there is not the pressure of a six-pointer.
  12. Start the game with Saturday`s finishing line-up, in attack mode. Start this run of 3 home games with a win. Start the climb up the table. Start a winning run. Start to believe.
  13. We can`t go another month without winning, what an opportunity for Rodney to strike with a hat-trick on his return to Salford, smash their unbeaten home record and chalk up a double. Up against a no expense spared team expecting promotion and hovering just outside the Play-offs, but under pressure just the same. For us much will depend upon the injury situation, rotation options, and recovery from Saturday’s disappointment. A test of the manager and squad, continuous gradual improvement has to be maintained.
  14. Difficult home debut for Clarke who no doubt is still assessing his team options. Stevenage hoping to build on a run of 1-0 away wins at Tranmere and Crawley, have 33 points as the Vale but played a game more. Injuries always a concern and kept quiet, making the set-up difficult to anticipate, but Worrall ankle and Monty Covid effects are known worries. An unbeaten run for Clarke likely to be the priority but hopefully a win possible prior to the visit of Cambridge.
  15. A visit to an Orient goalless in their last 4 games, the last 2 being draws. A new manager in place for a heads together to choose CBs, old legs or young legs? We need to take revenge for our home defeat earlier in the season, the ideal time for manager bounce by uplifting morale and tactics for an away win. The 1954 result would do me.
  16. Time to give a start to any of our latest recruits ? Just hoping that Gibbon`s illness has cleared up. New manager in place or watching from the stands? Newport completed a double over Grimsby (1-0) with a debut goal for on loan Maynard, after failing to win any of the previous 8 games since they won at Grimsby 2-0, in spite of Grimsby recruiting 8 players in the same period. Newport playing with 10 men as with 3 of their previous 4 games, bit of a rough team or unlucky with their refs. So what can we expect? Another tough game is likely. Settle for 1-0 as with their first visit to Vale P
  17. Injuries permitting it must be the same side, new manager in the dug-out? New signings on the bench? Tranmere having a shot at a quick return to L1 after a shaky start, their current run of 4 wins will mean a stiff test for the Vale. (Trophy game with Posh Tuesday may dampen their confidence) There are 8 match days in February but Vale have only 5 games having played the most games in L2, so not so demanding a schedule with a chance to stabilise, but this could be the hardest game of the 5. Settle for a 2-2 draw. Jolley recently signed from Wigan, hope he is not at the end of the game.
  18. Essential game to win, to lose is unthinkable. Board both goals up and settle for a 0-0. What can be changed? Stopping simple goals surely. Will the physical presence of Pugh instead of a Zoom image make any difference? A longer presence of Gibbons and Manny on the pitch may improve things, a new centre back would, or a defensive set-up even.
  19. Certainly need a shake-up after that abject display against Walsall (Again). Scunthorpe managed to beat Grimsby 3-0, so should we fear them? Hopefully Taylor will score, impress his previous club(Loan) and show them why we were so keen to sign him. Will we see more of Gibbons? Rodney fit? Weather permitting 0-0 probably.
  20. Signs of change? Napoleon preferred “Lucky Generals”, same goes for Football Managers. 2 games unbeaten may not be a lot but it takes a while to build confidence, 3 more games in January gives us an opportunity. Firstly Walsall with just 1 point from 4 games since we lost there, pending a visit to Morecambe on Tuesday, so close the game down after making sure of the points. More options now with Taylor and Guthie to add to the numbers, as they improve their match fitness and integrate with the tactics. Worrall back? Fingers crossed no more than Monty with Covid and a 3-0 please.
  21. After the Mansfield debacle the six pointer against second from the bottom Mariners could be a nail biting affair whether or not anything drastic takes place at the club this week.
  22. A stern test of our progress towards getting back to acceptable form, a repeat of our home draw with FGR would be a step in the right direction. Hopefully Hurst and Pope will be available after their Sunderland knocks, together with the rested Rodney and Worrall to give much needed impetus. Hopeful of a draw after the battering the defence took at Sunderland mainly held firm
  23. A visit to the largest ground left in the competition, with prize money, last 8, and a step closer to Wembley at stake. But of immediate importance is to consolidate our new playing formation and restore our previous confidence, resting or giving game time as necessary. Step 2 of Pugh`s in-house job assessment. Sunderland`s interest appearing at an empty Wembley may not be as keen as in the past, especially after their Covid postponements and picking up the pace since. Do we have a chance weather permitting? 18.00 KO clash with tea-time?
  24. A trip to the struggling Stags, if their pitch is playable unlike its state on Tuesday, when their game against Salford was postponed due to snow. Whether it will be to their advantage on Saturday remains to be seen, whereas a clean sheet at Bradford City may give a slight boost to Vale`s chances as would the return of injured players probably more so. Maybe another 0-0 is on the cards in spite of their superior strike force on paper.
  25. Tough game at Exeter, expected to be in the mix with us when the season ends. Like our first team they were without a mid-week game. A solid point at Salford in their last game, so all set up for a humdinger and a likely draw, but then we do not how the Vale will be set up, who has pushed themselves into the first team, so we could sneak it by the odd goal
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