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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Pre-season a possible 6 pointer at the top of the table, but now looking like a relegation battle unless January brings changes. Hardly the mood to be visiting the Bantams now flying up the table with 3 wins on the trot and the Vale dropping in the other direction. How many Vale players on the injury list are likely to return for this encounter and turn the tide before the year ends?
  9. Welcome to a Barrow celebrating a 3-0 win over Cheltenham after 5 league defeats. Caretaker manager Rob Kelly`s first win and could have been by more. First Football League win in front of home fans since 1972. Surely a warning if any were needed that changes to our defence are essential. Rest of the team can do the business, just need to score more goals than usual. Let us hope that a muted Xmas lasts more than one day.
  10. Usually a difficult visit, although a short trip for the players. Saddlers on an unbeaten run of 2D3W, which takes them up to 6 wins, 9 draws, and with only 3 defeats (non-better in L2) so a side on the up. We seem to have steadied the ship, midfield is active instead of hoof ball, however defence tightening, and the need to put more of our chances away for a run of wins to rise up the places is still evident . So how about a hatful with confidence rising within the team?
  11. Toughest game left this year. All but two of FGR`s league games have been by the odd goal if not a draw. Not a big difference to us, so expecting a close result either way. Injuries to our wingers mounting, Amoo, Montano, and Worrall, so can Hurst manage another game so soon? Or a different formation forced upon us? Fingers crossed for an early Xmas.
  12. Are we on the beginnings of a 6 match winning run in December? Colchester won away for the first time, as we beat another Wanderer, so no doubt will come full of confidence as a top 7 team, although they did concede 6 at Exeter. Just the type of game to confirm our Bolton triumph marks a return to Pre-November ways, a steady 2-0 will please me, I must not be greedy or carried away.
  13. More Unhappy Wanderers please. Priority one being the £15,000 winner`s bonus , priority two preparation for 3 points against Colchester on Saturday. Keep the same attacking formation to strengthen interplay, but give Brown and Legge a rest, so Visser and any others who want to push themselves can have game time. Wrap up the points in the first half to rest Monty and Manny. As for defensive improvements , such as alertness, organisation and tenacity will be training/coaching activities . Onwards and upwards. 19.00 KO
  14. Vale not ever with a win at Bolton, nor played them before in what was the 4th Division. The Trotters finding their feet after a disastrous relegation, kicked off with 7 defeats and no wins until their 12th game, but now with a run of 4 league wins. Salford, Stevenage, Scunthorpe, and Southend. How will they cope with a team beginning with P? Will we get the breaks that are still needed even if we perform? At least the November games are now over. What will December bring with 18 points to play for? Will Santa be kind?
  15. Will the return of talisman Joyce make all the difference? Who are we now? Only Southend with 11 have lost more games than our 7. Our run of 4 defeats on the trot are also the current worst in L2. Before the game serious soul searching by players and management is essential. Inspiration and motivation are also elusive. (Since Joyce was sent off, Tranmere have picked up 12 points and the Vale conceded 12, what a turning point) Can he really make such a difference? Legge and Pope to return?
  16. Time to start a winning run. Where better than Stevenage with only a league win in September to brag about. But suspensions, injuries and Covid have reduced our options, thus Brisley and McKirdy must be in the running. However I will leave selecting a team to win by 3 goals to Askey, but there may well be interesting alternatives.
  17. Dreams of Vale going there as joint leaders shattered during Newport`s International Break, will they be rested or as stale as our fire power? 100% home record 4 games 4 wins does not make for optimism at any time. McKirdy surely worthy of a start to bring a spark to lift our spirits? Any other shake-up or morale boost? Will we have a surprise 0-0 to bring back from Wales?
  18. Definitely not the same Vale team again with Joyce suspended, nor are we up against a team as good as Tranmere, so go for it Vale. Hold on, after losing 5 league games on the trot Scunthorpe won at Oldham 2-0, both goals in the 2nd half. Nothing is straight forward in this league, just grind the points out. Manny, McKirdy, and Cullen to start, then wrap the game up in the first half. Show we deserve to be in the mix and ready to take on Newport next.
  19. High expectations with the run of home fixtures coming up. Tranmere have struggled with their rapid relegation coming after successive promotions. But pulled off a win at Harrogate and knocked out Accrington so maybe an upturn of form. Plenty of options from the U21 Reds game for Askey to think about. Cullen, Hurst, McKirdy (If not injured), and Oyeleke. Use the impetus from the run-out against the U21 Reds to pick up the points with a 2-0 win.
  20. The last of the group games with £10,000 to the winners and the chance of higher stakes in the knock-out rounds. Liverpool U21 without a point so not in the running and the Vale virtually through, but a win needed for the money, to make sure and boost morale. Expect a few changes after our early cup exit and the need to stretch a few legs like Manny, Monty and Hurst in readiness for the visit from the team the other side of the Mersey at the weekend. Also with November`s key game against Newport later and possibly Scunny on the blank Saturday if they are free. Time to move on, focus on our ma
  21. The FA Cup is not what it was, more so this season with no replays and games forfeit with Covid 19 also. But still worth the effort although the prize money is split £16,972/5657. Chance of a run and TV money is there. No doubt the Linnets will fancy their chances as giant killers boosted by a 3-2 league win breaking their poor run. Mainly due to two goals from 60 min substitute and former 2016 Vale trialist Jamar Loza. Sam Kelly ex-Vale with 50+ games, his most for any club, did not play, but could appear at Vale Park again. Not to be taken lightly even though we are on a good r
  22. A long trip to winless Southend, but no time for charity. Chance of a little run and firming up our position in the play-offs. Monty doubtful but at least we have more options this season. Their chairman has promised to sort out their £500k tax bill. Up and at them from the start with a steady 2-0 win.
  23. 3 points behind 3rd place Cheltenham thus lots to play for. In contrast the Robins have only played Morecambe, who they lost to, in the current top 12. Whereas our games have been 5 against the current top 8. Hopefully we came through the Oldham win without injuries. So, carry on with our attacking style and improvement making sure we take our chances in the first half and wrap the game up. Approach the game with confidence and pick up 3 points.
  24. A short trip to Oldham, with manager Kewell in quarantine, home form 3 defeats with a single point gained last night against Carlisle. Based on our tempo in the first half at Cambridge we should be hopeful of our second away win assuming we can take our chances. Positive news on the injury front would be welcome. Try for a 2 goal margin?
  25. A trip to the leaders Cambridge, scored 15 conceded 3, compared to our 5 and 2. Tight defences but they have twice banged 5 away to boost their stats. Formidable, but our spirits are up with the improved performance, and points, against the big spenders Salford. Robbo to keep his place and an attacking game in dry conditions will suit us. We have 3 away games in the next 4 , so away points needed. Let’s go for the win Vale.
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