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  1. Two teams lacking in confidence, both last won in the league on the 7th of December. Orient beat Swindle 4-1 at home, Vale 2-1 at Bristol R seems a long time ago. Orient have not played in the league since 18th Dec, so whether rusty or not is for the Vale to test with 2 recent games under our belts. Avoiding game changing errors must be on DC`s mind, as with injuries, settling new players in, etc. Wilson to start and a playmaker from somewhere? Strangely I expect to win to avoid a 4th successive league defeat, sometimes easier to play away.
  2. Time to step up a gear, shake off the rustiness, back to winning form. Can it be done? Return of formation, tactics, players to regain match fitness. New players to gel, key players considering a move, suspended goalkeeper? Lots of factors, DC up to the challenge at a key point of the season? Salford not making waves at present, so avoiding a 3rd successive league defeat should not be beyond us, a goal from Wilson against his old club would be most welcome.
  3. Return to the League routine? Covid permitting, a tough game against an inform Swindon seeking revenge for a home defeat earlier in the season. New faces expected on the bench and even as starters. An encouraging display against Brentford will hopefully be carried through to collect league points. Harratt to start? Covolan between the sticks? Vale 2-0
  4. Next game in the hoped for list, a New Year full of optimism. Seems we are coping with keeping our players healthy, hope Brentford do too. As Politic is cup-tied should keep him with us. Whether we will have any newcomers who are not cup-tied would it be fair to play them?
  5. Another wait to find 2 teams with enough players to play a game of football, a visit to Harrogate at this time of year would normally be concerned with snow forecasts or new signings. A keen fought game could be expected, but player availability a massive factor in the outcome, all eyes on DC on how he meets the challenge should the game be played
  6. Chances of a game at Rochdale hard to forecast with both teams requiring 14 players. Danish Valiant like many more with his trips arranged ,will be keen to hear any news that can be gathered here. Hopefully we may even discuss a game before the year ends.
  7. Possibly little chance of a game. Maybe Santa will bring a big surprize and we will be cheering the Vale onto 3 points.
  8. Back to Vale Park after 4 away games in 2 weeks, with 3 of the 6 points at stake and a place in round 3 of the FA Cup, an overall success worthy of a big welcome back. A depleted Vale is facing permanent promotion chasers Exeter in 5th place 2 points below us. 2 home defeats, against Cobblers and Tranmere, will make them keen for the points. Hopefully we will be boosted by the return of some injured players, Rodney and Worrall at least and the quashing of Jones`s red card, also a clear week of recuperation/training without a mid-week game. A Garrity hat-trick would be ideal for my Xmas stocking, Up the Vale.
  9. Fast and furious the games are coming, Newport just 4 points behind and likely to be close to us all season so a draw at least is required. Their last game they came back at home from 2-0 down to Sutton to win 3-2 in injury time, so we are in for a demanding game with our depleted squad. Hopefully Politic, Rodney and Worrall available to give us a chance.
  10. Back to the grindstone of the bread-and-butter league from the euphoria of the FA Cup. Also, a big challenge for DC returning to the Gas, one of his double promotion clubs. With recognised ? strikers absent DC must improvise, hopefully causing uncertainties in the home camp plans . Onwards and upwards, who dares wins, go for it Vale.
  11. Fear not Vale. After a good workout at the Millers we take on the Brewers with relish. DC will set his stall out and manage with strikers mostly injured. Gibbons and Worrall rested to boost our goal threat. Replay at Vale Park
  12. Just a visit to the League 1 Leaders (15 games unbeaten) standing between us and a place in the next round and £20,000 prize money. Bear in mind the need to prepare for our FA Cup visit to the Brewers and our League priority. What will be the Millers priority remains to be seen. Conlon is available, we could field more youngsters than usual with a run of injuries and new parenthood reducing options. So, the result of less consequence than usual.
  13. Back to the previous win routine? Performance must improve. Hartlepool have lost their last 4 games, let us not give them an easy afternoon. Conlon`s red will mean at least one change, how fit is Proctor? Some soul searching, test of character and mental strength. A challenge to DC`s resilience and motivational skills after 2 setbacks to stop the slide. 3-1 to the Vale?
  14. Has not going tomoz v Oldham but am going tues weather permitting thought I'd build up yet another home game v Walsall the team who seem to have a extraordinary sequence of good results especially at Vale park . Do not want list them as being 2 many awful displays v the saddlers no wonder they have sold 1600 odd tickets if you support them you should come no idea what there average home gate is but if you are a saddlers fan why wouldn't you come anyway more money for the Vale . Anyway enough about them as Colin Garlick says tickets are selling well for this game he also worrying was on about the Rotherham game (Colin do not have lots of tickets for that game they will not sell in that cup competition max 50 will go there). So wouldn't it be great see 7500 plus on tues in the ground theres no reason whatsoever why at 20 quid get in for a adult 12.00 for 18 to 21 year olds why folk shouldn't come out to give the lads everything on tues night (support ). We will need them UTV
  15. Just lost 2-1 at Exeter. Fans seem to be pretty fed up with Keith Curle. I'd heard their fans are doing some kind of pack the park day for the game to protest against their owner. Could be interesting if we take an early lead. They're joint bottom on GD so the perfect opportunity to start another winning run, a few of the lads who had a bit of a poor do today should be raring to go to get back to their normal clinical levels.
  16. REMEMBER 12.00 KO Pack the park Adults 20 quid every day bar matchday . Big game as they all are . Slight chance of hitting the summit a big ask but not overly bothered if we do not as long as we the fans turn out there are no excuses let's hope we have a lot of new faces in the ground this Saturday .. Going be a long day for me as finishing work at 6a.m but forget sleep the Vale deserve support this coming sat . No doubt its going be a tough game but with encouragement the Vale will be on the front foot and ready for the next league game we average a few goals each game our threats are all over the pitch . Great times these be there UTV
  17. Possibly our most likely route to Wembley, since a FA Cup SF has not been done by a Tier 4 team, nor do I wish for a Play-off. A useful money source and match practice option. Our goal scoring form likely to be too much for a U21 team, only a win is expected although avoiding a defeat in normal time is sufficient for a place in the KO draw. Can we expect a new face or two from Paynter`s squad?
  18. Second FA Cup game against Stanley in any of their forms in over 140 years, now enjoying life in League 1. Currently with 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 defeats against a good mix of teams. Thus a good test of our ambitions for next season and an opportunity for a money making cup run. Not that form means a thing in the Cup as we know too well, but the result can wreck a season. At least DC has plenty of options to test Coleman`s well-run club in a higher division, what will he come up with? Edit : Correction made, Second was First, memory lapse
  19. Crawley have lost their last 3 games including 2 at home so low in confidence or desperate to stop the rot? The sort of game that builds points for a promotion push for a team with 1 loss and 1 draw in their last 9 league games. Proctor to be given adequate recovery time ready for the November games, with us having plenty of player options and goals spread out within the Squad. So, expecting a 3-0 and 3 points.
  20. Colchester beat Harrogate last Saturday their only home win, their other 2 wins have been away (Barrow &Oldham), no half throttle against them Vale, 4th home win on the trot please. Firm up our promotion position although injuries are restricting our options, hopefully Proctor will be returning amongst others, whether DC shares the treatment situation with us or not.
  21. Revenge required for last season 0-4 away, 0-3 home, give them a thumping. Don’t take it easy against a team depleted by 10 injuries, although Quinn and Sinclair return from suspension. No league wins since August, their 2 wins being their first 2 games both at home. Expecting son of Cloughie to still be there and a 3-0 win for us.
  22. Let’s start another run against an in-form Barrow, just in the top half of the table but only 2 pts less than us. MOTM hoodoo out of the way, lessons from Sutton to be absorbed, and a few changes in tactics and players to consider. 3 points are expected with the options available on our bench
  23. A new ground for us in London. The L2 Form teams, both have won 4 out of their last 5 league games. Either may have September Manager of the Month. Sutton having just won by 2 at the Cobblers and thumped Carlisle 4-0 at their last home game. Garrity a fitness doubt, will Taylor make a claim to start given the chance? Amoo in the running also? DC saw plenty of options in the storm last night to set him thinking. An unknown team for us, but I am sure the analysis will have been done. If it must be an injury time win, so be it, but I would prefer it to be settled to our advantage earlier than that.
  24. After Saturday's heroics an anti-climax, but money is at stake and a win will keep us in the running for the KO stage. A useful competition to give the squad match fitness, the chance of Wembley not so important in a promotion season. But time to put Rochdale in their place with some cracking goals from our aspiring youngsters, 2 each from Politic and Taylor please.
  25. At this stage a 6 pointer, Vale with 3 wins on the trot and Orient 5 games unbeaten. Winner will be in a promotion place. Justified in the Vale's case with our results against the early leaders. Early days, game at a time etc., but certainly promising. So, a tough encounter awaits, no doubt well analysed. Possibly of concern is the head injury to Smith, hopefully more will be known on Monday and there are no complications. There are options if needed but a stable defence is preferred. Rodney is suspended until the next game, away at Sutton, but we have plenty waiting on the bench if attacking changes are required. I fancy a 2-0
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