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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. For a change a visit to a struggling team in a relegation place, whose previous home result was a 4-0 hammering by Exeter and failed to hold onto a 2-0 lead at Carlisle away in their last game, so low in confidence. A good chance for a hat-trick of away wins and firming up a PO place. Settle the game early on with waves of attacks, allowing match time for our choice of players off the bench? Also, there is the need to keep the GD healthy and prepare for the Orient.
  8. Unbeaten Harrogate arrive at Vale Park, away record played 2 won 2, and Luke Armstrong with 5 goals a joint leading goal scorer in L2. So not to be sneered at, but up against an improving Vale with 2 successive away wins against difficult teams. For Vale to lose 2 consecutive games at home against teams for the first time would be unfortunate. Another tough game, but start on the front foot and take control by HT. No doubt DC will shuffle his hand, but why not 2-0 to the Vale, the perfect time to start the roll? Who will sparkle to make their mark?
  9. A visit to Swindon, who sit in 4th place with 3 wins and 1 defeat from 6 games, not known as a happy hunting ground for the Vale. We look to have the makings of a 20- goal scorer in Proctor, but defensive frailties cost us points against Rochdale. Will we revert to a tighter organised defence or rely on early goals to grab the points and maintain confidence? Change of players or establish better communications? Satisfied with a draw, games not getting any easier yet, maybe a tougher league than usual?
  10. The real stuff, 2 teams with just an away League win each. Rochdale cup form better with a League cup win, and a 3rd round visit to Burnley on their mind too. Last night, an easy 4 goals against Liverpool Lads, whereas we came from Bolton with a couple of goals and a good workout, who will benefit the most? Rochdale finding their feet after last season’s relegation, expect a tough game. DC no doubt will revert to a full-strength team but which one? Goals are starting to flow, so 3-0 is not beyond us.
  11. A visit to FGR whose 12 points from 4 games puts them top of League 2. But not a game we lost last season unlike the games where we have managed 3 draws up to now, so only a win will be an improvement in points from last season. They have scored 13 goals to our 1, but have conceded 6 to our 2, are we due a change of fortune? Carry on with the 2nd half team and a dramatic cameo from Politic? Cannot really expect any striker signing this week to be match fit, so a draw would be acceptable.
  12. Can we have a goal please? Bradford City banged in 4 against Stevenage on Tuesday night, surely now is the time? When will it become Politic? No news on Conlon? August was expected to be tough so another 0-0?
  13. Visitors Carlisle another ambitious club looking for more points after their weekend win at Swindon. But Vale are trying out their formations and hope to reverse the home defeat of last season into 3 points. Conlon not expected to be available so different attacking options required. 2-0 who will be the scorers?
  14. Tough League Cup game, spread match fitness around or consolidate with a forced change of keeper? Will Sunderland take it seriously? Early days with new players but we need to utilise Worrall and Conlon if we are going for a win. Would love a 3-1 win as in the 60s.
  15. Return of the Bread and Butter to Vale Park after so long. Tranmere part of the tough start as we settle into a mean machine. Tranmere had a set-back in their cup game, threw away a 2-goal lead and lost the consequent penalty shoot-out, whereas our problem was the referee, again, all forgotten or not by Saturday? Memories of last season`s home game still linger though. Conlon and Rodney expected to be back, or will it be 4-4-2 from Tuesday. Performance improving match by match, so good enough for a win or not?
  16. At last, fans at a Vale game with points at stake, what can we expect after such an overhaul? Tough test against the Cobblers, relegated last season and itching to bounce back, or uncertain with finding their shape after changes, but not on our scale. Hopefully Wilson can settle us with an early goal and establish himself as worthy of his pedigree. With Covolan going for a clean sheet as well as entertainment. Rodney to play or not? That is for DC to say. First step in a long season. Happy with 1-1.
  17. The dedicated match thread for Vale's final friendly game of the summer...
  18. No fans allowed but there will be a live stream... Share your thoughts on this game before, during and after the action. As for the stream, I'm pretty sure this is the link (I will put it on the homepage on matchday too):
  19. The first friendly and a chance to see the team in action WITHOUT the screen buffering at the crucial moment. Which of the newcomers will impress? Will there be any trialists? Share your thoughts...
  20. Top half finish no longer in our hands, but a win would give us a good chance with Orient at Salford and Crawley hosting Bolton. We need to finish off the season with a flourish and seek revenge over Mansfield for our 4-0 hammering at Field Mill. Young Cloughie no doubt confident after their 4-1 win on Saturday and keeping goal scorer Young Sinclair in his team, wonder if Dad will be watching? Would love a 4-0 to finish the season off.
  21. Top 10 must now be the target for DC as he finalises his squad and player options. If Grimsby fail to win on Tuesday at Exeter they would be relegated barring freak goal scoring. So with nothing to play for they may find hidden form, and the Vale relax with the sea breeze switching the focus to summer holidays? Not likely with DC about Vale to win the game 2-0.
  22. Top half of the table within our grasp, leapfrog Bradford City with a win and hope that FGR win at Crawley. Hopefully unscathed after the encounter with the thugs and a more pleasant game to watch. Another shuffle around of our options, another clean sheet number 6 and 2 goals will do nicely.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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