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  1. £5 off deal, but will the gate improve, Etihad buzz still about? Can we expect a good performance playing at home after 4 away games? Finally shake off the cup hang-over? Rise to the challenge of playing a lowly side? Alternative to Pope as a starting striker to save his legs? Lots of questions after the last 3 games. Steady progress to the end of the season looking upwards instead of down, lots to talk about in the stands since the last home game. Hopeful of a new face and a win.
  2. Tough game at the leaders, not a happy hunting ground, but a welcome return to our previous standards against the 0s, and with no mid-week game, should give us some hope. It is the start of a run of games against the stronger teams which could define our season. Assuming Montano has recovered, retain the same team and formation, thus giving Cullen a run, and let him seize his chance. Also continuity will make the formation more effective and the passing slicker, I assume we will have no major signings. Since Doyle their main striker has returned to the Bantams, a possible 2-2 score line or even sneak it?
  3. . Surely our greatest ever challenge, Prem Champions for the last 2 seasons. Although we have taken FA Cup holders in our stride in the past, Man City are at a standard never attempted before, for many of the Vale their biggest crowd. Enjoy the day, raise our game, and make us proud. Hoping for a sensible score, miracles take a little longer. Hopefully we have avoided injuries against Macc. Motivation should not be a problem, awe and nerves more of a concern.
  4. Grinding out wins at strugglers is just as important as matching the front runners. The absence of Taylor is a problem as is Manny`s but it gives Conlon a chance to settle in and get some match fitness in the meantime, also for Burgess to show his worth. After the Stevenage win, build up some momentum with the Morecambe and Orient games, for the Swindon challenge. No messing about 3 points are necessary, 3-1 to the Vale
  5. Interesting contrast with the Guardiola and Westley playing styles. But for us the real stakes are league points to push on. Westley`s niggly tactics have brought little reward since his mid - December re-appointment, hopefully his bounce will stay flat. Stevenage play at Bristol Rovers Wednesday night whether it will affect them who knows. Assuming, Amoo, Burgess, Legge, Pope, Taylor, and Worrall, are properly rested by not playing on Tuesday, and thus we are restored to our proper strength, let us emphasise our class and confidence evident at the Etihad. 3 points for the Vale please and concentrate on the league.
  6. Back to the mundane after the magnificent tussle with the champions, leaving us with tired legs and possible injuries, as well as wonderful memories and a boost to player confidence. Still a chance of Wembley on 2 fronts, and a £50k win bonus, but with a game at Stevenage to consider as well. Will Atkinson be available to play? Surely a few changes to be made to ease tired limbs
  7. Although Macc are a club in peril, they limited Forest Green to a single goal victory on Sunday. A different playing style from Swindon the leaders but 3 points are at stake just the same, hopefully we have recovered from our exertions and will grab the 3 points. 3-0 would be nice, although there are no easy games, but it would set us up for the Lord Mayor`s Show.
  8. Toughest league game of the season at Vale Park. They have won 14 to our 7, lost 5 to our 6, can we beat the odds? Unbeaten in the league since their loss to Crewe in October, 2 late goals decided it !!. How about it Vale? It would be a big confidence boost. Will Taylor be fit? Any injuries from Field Mill?
  9. Hopefully a return to winning days after a much improved performance against Cheltenham. Although the Stags are 7 games without a win, the run includes defeats against Swindon and Cheltenham. Graham Coughlan`s 2nd game in charge and not to be taken lightly, always the chance of a bounce . Let`s carry on Xmas over Boxing Day with 3 points. No fresh injuries as far as we know.
  10. Tough run coming up, so there is the need to focus on the league amidst the cup excitement. Worrall back from suspension hopefully will give us a huge boost, needed with Cheltenham seeking revenge with missing a trip to the Etihad as well as points. . Expecting a draw unless Pope can recreate his magic against the visitors, or someone else do the business?
  11. Momentum as always is important, so the league blip needs to be put behind us. Joyce should be back and hopefully Browne fit. Pope dependent upon the presence of two giant centre halves? Usually a fruitful trip, but it will be John Yems` first home game as manager trying to end a poor run. Fancy a 3 goal away win to set us up for a tough end to the year.
  12. Maintain momentum, build confidence, and let`s see where we can go. The Saddlers may be struggling at present but they are one of our bogie teams, they came back from 0-2 down to win 3-2 last night against Chelsea U21 so a bit of a boost. Whether to start Pope or not is bound to be an option dependent upon Walsall`s style, Worrall of course will be missed. Onwards and upwards 3-0 would be good, but quite happy with 1-0.
  13. Brimming with confidence and momentum on our return to the fortress, scope for a change or two as well as giving Worrall some match fitness. Mansfield`s only chance of Wembley, whereas we may be distracted by a tasty 3rd round tie. There is also a game against the Saddlers on Saturday to keep in mind, so one game at a time. 2-0 and £20k for the win.
  14. Start a new run at Cheltenham? The response will be a sign of our improving character, stretched by the absence through the suspension of Worrall. However cup football is different, at stake is 54k and a shot at a big club money spinner. Hopefully Pope will rise to the occasion to make amends to us all for his antics. A testing time for the team but football is a roller coaster. Hopefully we will come away with at least a draw, Edit : Joyce is likely to be available so original statement amended.
  15. Maintain Momentum on the road, so building a firm attempt to finish as high as possible. Will Worrall have enough time to shake off his injury? It would be a shame to change a winning team, although we have a stronger bench/squad than previously. Give super sub Cullen a start? If it is not broke don’t fix it, he will have his chance in the future. Essential to keep the team motivated, Askey`s job is to keep them all happy especially the ones that do not start. Our form will not go unnoticed, so games could become tighter, but I expect us to maintain progress with a 2-0 win
  16. Momentum needs to be maintained with the return of the first XI to Vale Park. No half measures against a Carlisle team also with a cup win behind them. Will Cullen`s Trophy goals in the week move him up the pecking order? PO places now within our grasp to begin the New Year with, starting with a 3-1 win for me. UTV
  17. Already through to the KO stage, but top spot would give us a home game in the first round. Worth going for to continue the winning mentality throughout the club, and the £10K win bonus will be very useful too. There should be scope to rest some of the key players` weary legs from Saturday`s magnificent result at MK, only 4 of the outfield players need to turn out, a chance for the rest of the squad to show what they can do. 3-0 to the Vale.
  18. Bouncing down the M1 on another Super Away Day, if our confidence is not high, when will it be? We have options up front, the only worry is the MK managerial upheaval. A cup run is always a boost, one step at a time pick up £36k and take a new ball to the next draw. Things are never that simple but a 2 goal margin is what I want.
  19. Smaller ground, drier pitch should be more favourable to a high tempo pressing game. Will the return of Worrall make all the difference? We may only be an average team but have to look upwards rather than below as in previous seasons. Crewe are on a high so we need to show the standard that we can achieve, in front of the largest Vale following this season, perhaps settle for a 2-2 draw. UTV.
  20. Vale set the standard at Bradford City, overcoming adversity which strengthens team bonding .Now build on that performance all the way to Xmas with a 3rd round to look forward to, ambitious maybe but if you don't try you don't get. Keep your hands to yourself if possible in the area when one-sided refs are about. Pity that Worrall is suspended for the visit of the Latics, but we should have enough to break them down for 3 points, a 3-1 wiin will be fine. UTV
  21. A Visit to Valley Parade or whatever it is now, always a challenge, and currently in 2nd place, what a time for an away win? It will need a return to a high tempo pressing game, maybe a shuffle of players, Archer given a start? We are in a group of 9 teams spanning 3 points, thus there is a need to carve out a rise and prevent a slide with 2 difficult away games coming up, a hard task and a couple of draws would be welcome.
  22. Back to Fortress Burslem, although they are not attractive visitors, 3 points are at stake so back to our usual 433 formation using the pitch to our advantage, Treat Macclesfield as part of the learning curve, concentrate on polishing what works with the current advantage of having more options with fewer injuries, a separate plan for small away grounds needs to be sorted for another day. But for Saturday return to our 3 goal style please, go at them Vale.
  23. A super following deserves a super display. We are finding the net from a variety of feet and heads, changes forced on us due to injuries have accelerated options, combinations and formations. No games are easy in L2 for various reasons but I am hopeful of a 3-1 victory, now we have more options forecasting the team is more interesting too. UTV
  24. It would be better without a mid-week game although the winners of the game go through to the knock-out stages, but still another game to come, useful money spinner competition but injuries our main concern at present. Back to our normal formation? But have we got enough players to allow recovery time for Gibbons and Worrall? Will Manny be ready for a cameo/short run out? Also need to think about the trip to Orient, possible 3 points? Plenty for Askey to think about this week.
  25. Well, we are finding the net more regularly now, but ours is more open. Sort it Vale, although hampered by injuries. Let's have a 3-0 win at the Fortress.
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