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Walsall away, 2004. We shouldn’t have. Paynter sent off and both managers sent to the stands, incompetent Lee Probert escorted off pitch by Police for his own protection from both sets of fans. 

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This is a very tough opener and all I can hope is that Vale fans don't go into meltdown if we come away defeated and still come out in numbers to welcome in a new era at Vale Park the following week when we entertain another good side in Northampton.

It's not beyond the realms of possibility that we lose all three of our opening matches, or at least we may have to wait a while for our first win. I hope (in that worst case scenario) that we all stick together and don;t write off the whole thing on the back of a few tricky fixtures. 

Anyway, Col U 0 - 2 Port Vale (Amoo, Cullen)

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8 minutes ago, jjvale_03 said:

This is a very tough opener and all I can hope is that Vale fans don't go into meltdown if we come away defeated and still come out in numbers to welcome in a new era at Vale Park the following week when we entertain another good side in Northampton.

It's not beyond the realms of possibility that we lose all three of our opening matches, or at least we may have to wait a while for our first win. I hope (in that worst case scenario) that we all stick together and don;t write off the whole thing on the back of a few tricky fixtures. 

Anyway, Col U 0 - 2 Port Vale (Amoo, Cullen)

A very sensible post... I fear it will be for nothing if things don’t go our way on sat. They don’t half love a moan on here!!

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14 hours ago, leedsvaliant said:

It's a really tough start for us and Colchester have signed some decent players. We can hope that they aren't fully on it first game of the season, but I expect we might get beat here. This won't define our season though.

Like others, I worry that our first team is not that much different from last year. My hope is that all the background stuff, from physios through to food is much better prepared and should hopefully give the players that confidence to perform at their best.

You only need a couple of decent players in this league to do well. Let's hope Cullen and Amoo are those players.

My thoughts as well, a better happier working environment, will Help boost confidence and hoppfully help express themselves individually and as a team on the pitch, we should have a better picture of how our season will pan out after our first 10 games

 

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It’s all about preparation and playing a system that allows your better players shine .

Colchester get smaller gates than us yet have a pretty good side well did have last season but it ain’t about them it’s about  Vale putting  a team out of total 110per centres out and them doing there jobs well .

Defenders putting there bodies on the line so Brown has nothing do .

Pace  movement and using the ball well when in possession and working twice as hard when Colchester have the ball to win it back.

Winning your individual battles etc .

Team well we all have thoughts on certain players ,I am no different .

My team based on who we playing and the height in which we will face is this 

Brown Gibbons Legge Crookes Lloyd Amoo Joyce Conlon Oyeleke Cullen Worrall 

Its a 4 -1 -3-1-1 System with Oyeleke in the hole and Cullen the man to run in behind Colchester’s big units .

Ive partnered Legge with Crookes (v Crawley away is best performance was centre of defence is a three ) so will try him in a two with Ryan Lloyd left back with Amoo joining in on that side of the field and Gibbons and Worrall doing the same to the right .

Joyce to sit in front of defence and Conlon to put his usual terrific work rate in .

Oyeleke in that free role can be poignant to Vale’s hopes .

Pope to partner Cullen on 65 and replace the ever ready Conlon with Oyeleke dropping back to do Conlons role .

UTV only my opinion don’t take it personally 

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6 hours ago, newchapel valiant said:

You really don't like Smith do you.

When I used to go I found one in six his performance level very good but the other five nothing write home about .

No offence to the lad but I do not feel that we can move forwards with him a regular in the team .

Just a personal opinion hope he comes good because Vale need all of the players to be better than what they showed the paying public last season because of that’s the best they can offer then we  have no chance of Port Vale becoming anything other than mediocre.

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3 hours ago, Vale fan in Alsager said:

When I used to go I found one in six his performance level very good but the other five nothing write home about .

No offence to the lad but I do not feel that we can move forwards with him a regular in the team .

Just a personal opinion hope he comes good because Vale need all of the players to be better than what they showed the paying public last season because of that’s the best they can offer then we  have no chance of Port Vale becoming anything other than mediocre.

Bizarre very solid defender who rarely makes mistakes. Very rare a centreforward gets the better of him. If you don't notice a defender it generally means he's doing the basics consistently well.

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Bizarre very solid defender who rarely makes mistakes. Very rare a centreforward gets the better of him. If you don't notice a defender it generally means he's doing the basics consistently well.

It’s literally because VFIA is fixated on Smith supported stoke as a lad
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5 hours ago, Vale fan in Alsager said:

When I used to go I found one in six his performance level very good but the other five nothing write home about .

No offence to the lad but I do not feel that we can move forwards with him a regular in the team .

Just a personal opinion hope he comes good because Vale need all of the players to be better than what they showed the paying public last season because of that’s the best they can offer then we  have no chance of Port Vale becoming anything other than mediocre.

Smith 'came good' a few years ago and if we're honest the team haven't been good enough to claim to be mediocre since Page left.

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17 minutes ago, Jacob_123 said:


It’s literally because VFIA is fixated on Smith supported stoke as a lad

And was accusing him of throwing Vale games because he’s a Stoke fan.

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5-3-2.I feel that we have very little pace in defence and that’s why I’d go for a back five. The problem with a lack of pace means like other seasons we sit too deep and invite the opposition to come onto us. This means that we can’t hold a line because if an opposition player with speed gets away, we’ll never catch him. Bury did a job on Manny and I expect to see that throughout the season. I’d like to see the right and left back linking up with their respective midfielders, with a view to pushing the ball over the top into the hole for the wingers to run into. This should bring an end to our narrow tactics. However it’s no good getting to the bye line looking to put the ball into the area and no one else has been quick enough to get into the area, awaiting the ball to be crossed. This season I think we’ve got five players that command a starting place Brown,Manny,Pope,Gibbons & Worrall, where last season it was only three.

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This, for me, is the strongest line up and the one I believe Askey will choose.

To me, this is a very good side. Our issue was the lack of strength in depth. This team, with a subs bench of the following is more than capable of finishing at least mid table:

Rawlinson, Montano, Lloyd, Burgess, Browne, Bennett, Cullen

One thing to remember is whilst Askey performed miracles at Macc, it took him 5 years. A little patience should be in order over the next few seasons. Consistency is key.

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16 minutes ago, PV1993 said:

This, for me, is the strongest line up and the one I believe Askey will choose.

To me, this is a very good side. Our issue was the lack of strength in depth. This team, with a subs bench of the following is more than capable of finishing at least mid table:

Rawlinson, Montano, Lloyd, Burgess, Browne, Bennett, Cullen

One thing to remember is whilst Askey performed miracles at Macc, it took him 5 years. A little patience should be in order over the next few seasons. Consistency is key.

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I don't know if that's our strongest team and always prefer two forwards but I do think that you've got it spot on for the starting 11 Saturday

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