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PHEEEWWW in by the skin of our teeth!  Good result for another 3 points, but far too tight again.  Despite all the chances we're creating, we're just not putting them away--seems not to matter whichever combination up front is tried.  However on the plus side another cleen sheet and now only 3 points off seventh position!

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Great game to watch but could've gone either way but thankfully it was Amoo's superb strike that won it.

They were dangerous on the attack as they showed at their place, if we had gone to 4-4-2 we could have lost the midfield and got over run in midfield, the result showed JA got it right 

Vale miss Jake Taylor, he provides that little bit of quality.

Need to do the business off the field asap and sign the out of contract players who've been plying regularly, consistency in the playing staff is key, Vale don't want to be looking for 10+ players in the summer.

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7 hours ago, STUNG said:

 

Just caught the last 25 mins Amoos goal fantastic and how did Cullen not score but great save nonetheless then five minutes of bizarre play at end of game where if it had gone on any longer we would have given them a goal so fair play to them finishing game strongly .

A deserved win by the stats  as the hour I missed we look like we were the better side .

A good win 

UTV 

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2 hours ago, LancyTony said:

Not sure of your logic here? We were always going to sell out our allocation; and they were always going to go to season ticket holders - that priority Is one of the perks associated with buying a season ticket? It isn't as if we were at home and trying to get 15k+ supporters in - then, maybe, offering vouchers for cut-price tickets would have increased the gates for the games at which they were offered? But we couldn't sell any more than we were allocated for the City game!

I’d have taken the season tickets holders allocation down to one ticket. I’m a season ticket holder but knew I couldn’t make it when the draw was made, so I didn’t buy a ticket. I have heard from a reliable source that no records were made on a season tickets being used to purchase tickets. This meant that some unscrupulous ST holders had more than their allocated two tickets.

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11 minutes ago, Vale fan in Alsager said:

 

A deserved win by the stats  as the hour I missed we look like we were the better side .

UTV 

Just about.  Smithy MOTM 😉. It was an entertaining game.

Monty was pulled back/down by his shirt twice for the non-penalty. Why was Doha's screen grab removed?

The Cullen one on one was not offside by a yard.

Really pleased Amoo scored the winner, he gets undeserved stick for me. 

They don't make it easy for us do they? Another set of finger nails gone. But our season lives on. UTV.

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Entertaining game, thought Cullen did excellent up front, good hold up play and good movement. Amoo, Gibbo and smithy all had good games. Deserved win should of been 2 up first few minutes.

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Hopefully Cullen has proven any doubters wrong as to whether he can play up top on his own. I thought he was excellent in his movement and hold up play. Also put in a few lovely crosses.

Much better football as a team today. Amoo had the beating of their RB in the first half but seemed to lose confidence in the second.

Hopefully monty not injured too badly. For once he didn't seem to want to come off after a bad challenge!

We deserved it today on the balance of play. If that chance in the first couple of minutes had fallen to taylor I've no doubt it would have been put away.

UTV

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Cullen brings alot of energy to the team but lacks a cutting edge.

Great game of football today.  Fully deserved to win it but Brown did have to pull some blinders out of the hat.

Entertaining afternoon at Vale Park this afternoon.

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A good performance and a good response to Tuesday.

The changes were spot on; Cullen was excellent in his link up play, dropping deep to play passes out wide. He ran the channels, worked hard, and should have scored. Atkinson's distribution was erratic but his energy and drive offered more than Conlon.

Amoo does it again; he was slightly fortunate to be playing against a winger at left back but he had the beating of him all first half and put in some excellent balls, especially one which Atkinson should have converted. His finish for the goal was excellent.

Assist against Cheltenham in the cup, assist against Cheltenham in the League, assist against Mansfield, goal against Macclesfield, assist against Man City, goal today. That's all since the end of November. The criticism of a League 2 winger who consistently scores or creates because he doesn't like 50/50s and can be lazy is utterly baffling. He's a winger most sides would happily have in this league. Criticise him all you want, but he's scoring and creating. Should have had 1/2 assists first half if finishing was better.

Smith at his consistent best and Brown made 2/3 good saves.

Keeps us in the hunt ahead of hopefully 3 additions in the coming fortnight.

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I thought Cullen was very good and linked up play very well. I do think however that because he does come deep to link up play with the wide men (to great effect in the first half) then we’re short of numbers in the box for when the cross comes in. I’d be inclined to move Wozza into midfield while Taylor’s out and give Browne a run, especially if we are going to use Cullen as the lone man again. 

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13 minutes ago, Nofinikea said:

Cullen brings alot of energy to the team but lacks a cutting edge.

Great game of football today.  Fully deserved to win it but Brown did have to pull some blinders out of the hat.

Entertaining afternoon at Vale Park this afternoon.

I don't think we've seen the best of Cullen, have we? He must be a bit rusty and, from all accounts, needs and deserves a good run in the side. Hopefully, he'll get a few when he's fully up to speed.

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A good entertaining game and a much welcome 3 points. Thought it should have been more comfortable, but we were guilty of missing 3 clear cut chances.  

Cullen did well up top on his own and a goal would have capped a fine display. However, he couldn't convert, which seems like the same old story for our strikers at the moment. 

Brown showed his class to get us a clean sheet.  

Gibbons had a very good game and saved us again with the clearance off the line. Looked a lot more assured on the ball today compared to the last few away games. 

Smith was very assured and again seemed to be more comfortable on the ball today. A superb raking cross field ball after bringing it out of defence was a particular highlight. Legge solid beside him, can tell he is 34 at times though with his lack of pace.  

Worrall and Monty decent down the left. Shame Monty picked up an injury, hope it isn't long term.  

Burgess had a few decent runs and got stuck, back to his earlier form.  

Thought Joyce and Atkinson were below par. 

Amoo was great first half, caused them problems every time he got the ball. Faded early second half, but popped up with a quality goal that won us the game. 

Cullen did well up top on his own and a goal would have capped a fine display. However, he couldn't convert, which seems like the same old story for our strikers at the moment. 

We aren't a million miles away, just need an extra bit of quality. That team with a fully fit Manny and Taylor would take us up a notch. Overall, it just feels great to be comfortable in January and looking up instead of down. UTV.     

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Cullen played well today and I think that him and Pope would form a good partnership given the chance. As demonstrated today, Cullen can run the channels and link up play. We need to play two strikers at home. Playing one upfront at home will not get us promoted next season. 

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Good advert for league 2 today. Really enjoyed that. Could have gone either way but great to get the win and clean sheet. Amoo and Monty both brilliant today as was smithy. Thought burgess had a tidy game too. 

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8 minutes ago, Joe B said:

A good performance and a good response to Tuesday.

The changes were spot on; Cullen was excellent in his link up play, dropping deep to play passes out wide. He ran the channels, worked hard, and should have scored. Atkinson's distribution was erratic but his energy and drive offered more than Conlon.

Amoo does it again; he was slightly fortunate to be playing against a winger at left back but he had the beating of him all first half and put in some excellent balls, especially one which Atkinson should have converted. His finish for the goal was excellent.

Assist against Cheltenham in the cup, assist against Cheltenham in the League, assist against Mansfield, goal against Macclesfield, assist against Man City, goal today. That's all since the end of November. The criticism of a League 2 winger who consistently scores or creates because he doesn't like 50/50s and can be lazy is utterly baffling. He's a winger most sides would happily have in this league. Criticise him all you want, but he's scoring and creating. Should have had 1/2 assists first half if finishing was better.

Smith at his consistent best and Brown made 2/3 good saves.

Keeps us in the hunt ahead of hopefully 3 additions in the coming fortnight.

Spot on Re. Amoo.

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If we play two strikers today, we don't control the midfield and continually pick up second balls, meaning we don't get the ball out wide as much, and also hinders our ability to get a midfielder forming triangles with the full back and winger, restricting our ability to put the ball into dangerous areas.

Every time its out to a winger the full back gets near and the nearest central midfielder offers inside, allowing us to work the ball into a position where we can put a dangerous cross in.

If we play 442, none of this happens, we get overrun in the middle, Joyce isn't as effective, we don't create as many chances, so its pointless whether we have 1 or 7 strikers on.

Please folks, I beg you; stop going on about 442. No good sides in his league play it, bar Bradford, and they've got Vaughan and Doyle, not Pope and Cullen.

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I have to also say that the ref started well but had some utterly bizarre moments. I cannot see how their 14’s assault that nearly took Monty’s head off could have been anything other than red. And if someone goes down expecting a foul, doesn’t get it but then grabs the ball, surely should get an instant yellow for deliberate handball??

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